Invasive species have been invading foreign territories for centuries. By quantifying the mammoth economic impacts, we hope political leaders will start to take notice.
A cat basks in the New Jersey sunshine amid coronavirus lockdown.
Mark Makela/Getty Image
Ownerless cats may find it harder to find food scraps with restaurants closed during the coronavirus crisis. Given social distancing rules, is it okay to go outside to feed them?
The fate of deer carcasses is a crucial consideration in monitoring the success of future culling.
The NSW government has announced plans to remove feral deer from its list of official game animals. With careful monitoring, the resulting free-for-all could help curb their booming numbers.
Feral horses have severely damaged the landscape in Kosciuszko National Park.
Feral horses are a clear point of division between parties in this weekend’s election. Labor has pledged to repeal the Coalition government’s bill to preserve large numbers of brumbies.
A wild dingo from the Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia.
The WA government has announced plans to reclassify dingoes as no different to wild dogs - paving the way for them to be culled at will. But dingoes are unique and deserve to be recognised as such.
Tagged European rabbit kitten infected with myxoma virus, but that died from rabbit haemorrhagic virus disease (RHDV).
Photo by David Peacock, Biosecurity South Australia
Feral rabbits previously exposed to myxoma virus are more likely to be killed by rabbit haemorrhagic diease, meaning that these two biocontrol agents can become even more powerful when used in tandem.
An 1870 news report said wild horses were “hated and shot by all”. What has changed since?
Brumbies have a devoted following among high country locals, despite the fact that they were despised by colonial settler farmers. Their mythical status today owes a lot to cultural figures such as Banjo Paterson.
Research suggests there is no “safe number” of brumbies that will avoid harm to mountain ecosystems.
Failing to cull feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park may end up promoting environmental destruction while actually increasing the horses’ suffering.
Wild horses, known as brumbies, in Australia.
From 30,000-year-old cave paintings to The Man From Snowy River, wild horses have always been part of human culture. As Australia debates what to do with ‘brumbies’ in mountain environments, it’s time to reconsider their place.
Red-eared sliders were once popular pets but are currently banned in Australia. These turtles are still regularly found in the wild and being kept as illegal pets.
Exotic pets may rank highly on the novelty and excitement scale, but little is known about their ownership in Australia.
Part of Mandy Martin’s painting Cool Burn (2016): in her painting workshops at Djinkarr, Indigenous rangers brought the threats to their land to life on canvas.
Feral cats and pigs, mission grass and climate change - in western Arnhem Land, Indigenous rangers are battling many environmental threats. Through painting and performance, they are also telling ‘healthy country’ stories.
A juvenile dingo on Fraser Island.
All dingoes are ginger, right? Nope. They don’t bark? Wrong again. And they’re ultimately just wild dogs? Well, that’s trickier, but for conservation purposes the answer is still basically no.
Dingoes play an important role in our ecosystems.
Wild dog attacks on livestock are devastating, but bounties and culling aren’t the answer.
Wild horses are wreaking havoc in Australia’s mountains.
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Horses need to be removed from Australia’s mountains. The debate now is around ethics and their role in Australian culture.
Alpine meadows are a pretty rare sight in Australia.
The alpine landscapes of Australia’s southeast and Tasmania are home to hundreds of rare plants and animals. They’re healthy for now, but need careful looking after.
Feral cat with galah, mounted specimen.
Australia wants to kill off two million feral cats and momentum for similar plans is growing in the US. Is there a good case for killing or neutering outdoor cats to protect biodiversity?
There’s nothing feral about this Australian wildcat.
Photograph by Angus Emmott
There’s been a lot of talk about killing feral cats, with the government’s recently announced war on cats, with a goal to kill two million by 2020. But let’s embrace cats as part of Australia’s environment.
A feral cat cull in Tasmania increased the local population of cats.
Cats and foxes are two of the greatest threats to Australian wildlife. Culling might be one solution, but sometimes culls do more harm than good.
Could devils help solve our feral cat crisis? The devil might be in the detail.
Proposals to reintroduce Tassie devils to the Australian mainland have argued devils could help control feral cats. But new research shows there’s no simple answer.
Cane toads are still spreading across northern Australia.
Cane toads, introduced in 1935 to control cane beetles, have now spread across a huge swathe of Australia, from the Kimberley in northern Western Australia to northern New South Wales. They’re still spreading…