Red foxes caught red handed
The introduced red fox (Vulpes vulpes) has established large populations across the Australian continent and are additive sources of pressure on the persistence of native species.
- Shannon Dundas has been looking at fox bait uptake in WA: Controlling fox populations.
Who has been eating all the baits? http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/144/paper/WR13136.htm
- Stuart Dawson has been collecting the evidence implicating foxes in predating oblong turtle nests: Oblong turtles
- Megan O’Grady is currently examining non-lethal methods of controlling fox predation around sites used by nesting oblong turtles.
- Trish Fleming has been coordinating a project examining fox predation at an outdoor piggery. This work was presented at AWMS2015: Food subsidies for pest animals AWMS2015 poster.
The domestic cat is a superb survivor. Although they hitched a ride to this continent with humans initially, feral populations thrive and are maintained with no help from people now.
- Narelle Dybing spends hours looking down the microscope every day in her pursuit to describe the parasite load of feral cats. Understanding which parasites these animals have will allow us to assess their role in disease transmission.
Feral pigs dig up water catchments
The feral pig (Sus scrofa) shows preference for riparian zones, where it roots through vegetation to find root and other plant material.
- Dr Peter Adams has been quantifying the impact of feral pigs in jarrah forest water catchment sites.
- Lara Osborne has been comparing the properties of soil dug up by feral pigs with soil from the diggings of native animals.