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Resolving the value of the dingo in ecological restoration

Newsome, Thomas M., Ballard, Guy-Anthony, Crowther, Mathew S., Dellinger, Justin A., Fleming, Peter J.S., Glen, Alistair S., Greenville, Aaron C., Johnson, Chris N., Letnic, Mike, Moseby, Katherine E., Nimmo, Dale G., Nelson, Michael P., Read, John L., Ripple, Williams J., Ritchie, Euan G., Shores, Carolyn R., Wallach, Arian D., Wirsing, Aaron J. and Dickman, Christopher R. 2015, Resolving the value of the dingo in ecological restoration, Restoration ecology, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 201-208, doi: 10.1111/rec.12186.

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Title Resolving the value of the dingo in ecological restoration
Author(s) Newsome, Thomas M.
Ballard, Guy-Anthony
Crowther, Mathew S.
Dellinger, Justin A.
Fleming, Peter J.S.
Glen, Alistair S.
Greenville, Aaron C.
Johnson, Chris N.
Letnic, Mike
Moseby, Katherine E.
Nimmo, Dale G.
Nelson, Michael P.
Read, John L.
Ripple, Williams J.
Ritchie, Euan G.ORCID iD for Ritchie, Euan G. orcid.org/0000-0003-4410-8868
Shores, Carolyn R.
Wallach, Arian D.
Wirsing, Aaron J.
Dickman, Christopher R.
Journal name Restoration ecology
Volume number 23
Issue number 3
Start page 201
End page 208
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-05
ISSN 1061-2971
1526-100X
Keyword(s) Australia
Canis dingo
Extinction
Mesopredator release
Top predator
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Ecology
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
ARID SOUTH-AUSTRALIA
PREDATOR MANIPULATION EXPERIMENTS
CANIS-LUPUS-DINGO
ET-AL. 2012
BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
TROPHIC REGULATOR
IMPACT
POPULATIONS
EXTINCTIONS
Summary There is global interest in restoring populations of apex predators, both to conserve them and to harness their ecological services. In Australia, reintroduction of dingoes (Canis dingo) has been proposed to help restore degraded rangelands. This proposal is based on theories and the results of studies suggesting that dingoes can suppress populations of prey (especially medium- and large-sized herbivores) and invasive predators such as red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and feral cats (Felis catus) that prey on threatened native species. However, the idea of dingo reintroduction has met opposition, especially from scientists who query the dingo's positive effects for some species or in some environments. Here, we ask 'what is a feasible experimental design for assessing the role of dingoes in ecological restoration?' We outline and propose a dingo reintroduction experiment-one that draws upon the existing dingo-proof fence-and identify an area suitable for this (Sturt National Park, western New South Wales). Although challenging, this initiative would test whether dingoes can help restore Australia's rangeland biodiversity, and potentially provide proof-of-concept for apex predator reintroductions globally.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/rec.12186
Field of Research 060806 Animal Physiological Ecology
05 Environmental Sciences
06 Biological Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Society for Ecological Restoration
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30077016

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