Demise of the dingo

Moseby K. E., Neilly H., Read J. L. & Crisp H. A. (2012) Interactions between a top order predator and exotic mesopredators in the Australian rangelands. International Journal of Ecology 2012.

Aim: 
Test if the dingo may suppress the introduced cat and red fox.
Type of Study: 
Manipulative experiment
Key Results: 
All 6 feral cats died between 20 and 103 days after release and dingoes were implicated in the deaths of at least 3 cats. Interference competition was the dominant mechanism of suppression.
Treatments: 
mesopredators killed or not.
Response: 
Recommend thatfunctional dingo populations in rangeland areas are maintainedat landscape scales and that dingo control for calfprotection is restricted to targeted control during exceptionalcircumstances.
Models: 
Frequentist
Reviewer: 
Aaron Greenville
Locations: 
Roxby Downs, SA
Response variable : 
counts, activity time, distance moved.
Replication: 
Reintroducing 7 foxes and 6 feral cats into a 37 km2 fenced paddock in arid South Australia inhabited by a male and female dingo.
Ecosystem: 
Arid zone
Full Reference: 
Moseby K. E., Neilly H., Read J. L. & Crisp H. A. (2012) Interactions between a top order predator and exotic mesopredators in the Australian rangelands. International Journal of Ecology 2012.