What if we could help threatened marsupials evolve to survive foxes and feral cats?
Rabbits destroy huge numbers of critical regenerating seedlings over more than half the continent. This has devastating flow-on effects for the rest of the ecosystem. So how do we control them?
Research into fox scents suggests a complex form of ‘chemical communication’ underlies the animal’s behaviour. The findings could help improve pest control methods and protect native wildlife.
Don’t worry that your dog’s world is visually drab.
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Your faithful friend’s view of the world is different than yours, but maybe not in the way you imagine.
Introduced species are often targeted for culling in conservation, but killing charismatic animals like foxes can be controversial.
A photo of a coyote in eastern Panama.
Coyotes, whose range is expanding, are now at the doorstep of South America.
Raccoons, foxes, skunks and bats are all hosts of specific rabies virus variants. Humans can be infected by them all.
Rabies is almost always fatal once the symptoms appear. It is also completely preventable, so long as you know how to protect yourself.
Boxing Day Hunt, 2016.
Fox hunting has been banned in the UK since 2004 – so why is it still happening?
Controlling rabbit populations has a key role in conserving Australia’s native plants and animals
Managing rabbit populations isn’t as simple as declaring ‘open season’.
A coyote cools off in the shade of a leafy suburb. Wildlife interactions with pets and humans can transfer disease, including the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis.
A parasite found in coyotes, wolves and foxes is now spreading to dogs and their owners as its range expands across Canada.
These agile and unfussy animals are well-placed to exploit all the food we leave lying around.
Why politicians need to stop playing politics with animals, and start taking their welfare seriously.
Feral cats are a major driver of global biodiversity loss, contributing to 26% of bird, mammal and reptile extinctions.
Cats, rats, foxes and other mammal predators have been implicated in 60% of the world’s animals extinctions.
Guppies who are under constant threat of predation do worse than those who live without predators.
Humans can learn a thing or two from animals on how to deal with stress.
Mustela erminea), feral cats ( Felis catus), red foxes ( Vulpes vulpes) and black rats ( Rattus rattus) are invasive predators in different parts of the world.
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Research published this week shows saving wildlife is much more complicated than killing introduced predators. Killing predators often doesn’t work, and is sometimes actually worse for native wildlife.
Did foxes ever make it to Tasmania? DNA evidence suggests they did.
New evidence suggests there no foxes in Tasmania. Were there ever? Even if there weren’t, the state’s multi-million dollar fox hunt was worth it to save wildlife.
The Maasai no longer have to hunt lions to gain some pride.
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You don’t need to kill wild animals to prove your worth.
Ninety nine per cent of the poisoned baits set up to catch feral red foxes in Western Australia are being eaten by other…
A greater stick-nest rat ready to be released - with radio collar attached.
Almost a third of Australia’s mammals have become extinct or are facing extinction, largely thanks to introduced predators such as cats and foxes. But what is the best way to save the species still alive…
American wolves show us how important large predators are for conservation.
We know that introduced predators such as foxes and cats are one of the greatest threats to Australia’s wildlife, but what is the best way to control them? Many Australian ecologists argue dingoes are…