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Elephants may reduce bush fire risk

A University of Tasmania scientists has suggested that introducing elephants, rhinoceros and Komodo dragons in mainland Australia could help reduce bush fire risk.

David Bowman proposes using sterilised and GPS tagged elephants as “biological machines” to consume Gamba grass.

Bowman suggests that the large animals would consume the vast amount of flammable grass in Australia, thus reducing the risk of bush fires. Bowman argues the introduction of these animals would also increase hunting pressure, thus lessening the impact of feral creatures.

Read more at University of Tasmania

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