Control non-native prey species to reduce populations and impacts of non-native predators
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The impact of non-native predators on native mammals can be more severe than that of native predators (Salo et al. 2007). Non-native predators may also feed on non-native prey and, in some situations, reducing non-native prey availability may lead to reductions in numbers of their non-native predators (Murphy et al. 1998; Mutze et al. 2017). This has potential to reduce the impact of non-native predators on native mammalian prey species.
Murphy E.C., Clapperton B.K., Bradfield P.M.F. & Speed H.J. (1998) Effects of rat-poisoning operations on abundance and diet of mustelids in New Zealand podocarp forests. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 25, 315–328.
Salo P., Korpimäki E., Banks P.B., Nordström M. & Dickman C.R. (2007) Alien predators are more dangerous than native predators to prey populations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 274, 1237–1243.
Mutze G. (2017) Continental-scale analysis of feral cat diet in Australia, prey-switching and the risk: benefit of rabbit control. Journal of Biogeography, 44, 1679–1681.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
Terrestrial Mammal Conservation - Published 2020
Terrestrial Mammal Conservation