Population trends in European rabbits and other wildlife of central Australia in the wake of rabbit hemorrhagic disease

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Edwards, G. P., Dobbie, W. and Berman, D.McK.. 2002. "Population trends in European rabbits and other wildlife of central Australia in the wake of rabbit hemorrhagic disease." Wildlife Research. 29 (6), pp. 557-565. https://doi.org/10.1071/WR00097
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Population trends in European rabbits and other wildlife of central Australia in the wake of rabbit hemorrhagic disease

ERA Journal ID3020
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsEdwards, G. P. (Author), Dobbie, W. (Author) and Berman, D.McK. (Author)
Journal TitleWildlife Research
Journal Citation29 (6), pp. 557-565
Number of Pages8
Year2002
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1035-3712
1448-5494
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1071/WR00097
Web Address (URL)http://www.publish.csiro.au/wr/WR00097
Abstract

Before the establishment of rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) in central Australia in May 1996, a program was instituted to monitor its impacts at six localities broadly distributed across the region. At these sites, population trends in rabbits and other wildlife were studied over a 2.5-year period. Rabbit populations declined by approximately 85% following establishment of RHD at the sites, and had not recovered 22 months later. More varanid lizards were detected on our survey plots 12–22 months after RHD than during the preceding period. Although numbers of dingoes and wedge-tailed eagles varied during the study, significant population reductions were not detected in either species in the wake of RHD. Significant population changes were not detected in red foxes, feral cats, red kangaroos, small mammals, or other raptor species.

KeywordsEuropean rabbits, rabbit hemorrhagic disease, wildlife, population trends
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410404. Environmental management
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Byline AffiliationsParks and Wildlife Commission, Northern Territory
Centralian Land Management Association, Northern Territory
Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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