Demise of the dingo

Brook L. A., Johnson C. N. & Ritchie E. G. (2012) Effects of predator control on behaviour of an apex predator and indirect consequences for mesopredator suppression. Journal of Applied Ecology 49, 1278-86.

Aim: 
compare feral cat activity on between properties where dingoes were controlled and not controlled
Type of Study: 
pre-existing contrasts and manipulative experiment.
Key Results: 
dingo control not only leads to higher abundance of feral cats, but allows them to optimize hunting behaviour when dingoes are less active. This double effect could amplify the impacts of dingo control on prey species selected by cats.
Treatments: 
Dingo control vs un-controlled properties
Response: 
In areas managed for conservation, stable dingo populations may thus contribute to management objectives by restricting feral cat access to prey populations.
Models: 
quantile regression and circular statistics for differences in activity times.
Reviewer: 
Aaron Greenville
Locations: 
North and central Australia
Response variable : 
individuals per camera night. Activity times
Replication: 
9 paried survey areas
Ecosystem: 
Tropics to arid zone
Full Reference: 
Brook L. A., Johnson C. N. & Ritchie E. G. (2012) Effects of predator control on behaviour of an apex predator and indirect consequences for mesopredator suppression. Journal of Applied Ecology 49, 1278-86.