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Ecological blunders and conservation: the impact of introduced foxes and cats on Australian native fauna

Calver, M.C., King, D.R., Risbey, D.A., Short, J. and Twigg, L.E. (1998) Ecological blunders and conservation: the impact of introduced foxes and cats on Australian native fauna. Journal of Biological Education, 32 (1). pp. 67-72.

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    Abstract

    Many vertebrate extinctions followed the introduction of the exotic predators, the fox and the cat, to Australia. While experiments have confirmed the case against the fox as a serious threat to endangered species, there is no direct experimental links showing recovery of prey populations following culling of cat numbers, This, coupled with the emotional attachment of many people to cats, has lead to some opposition to their control especially when limitations on the freedom of pets to roam are proposed, The introduced predator case is a stimulating example for teaching aspects of the emerging discipline of conservation biology and highlights the interplay of bio-ethics, public opinion and biological principles in conservation decision-making.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
    Publisher: Institute of Biology
    Copyright: (c) Institute of Biology. Paper reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
    Publishers Website: http://www.societyofbiology.org/education/educatio...
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/529
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