bustards and foxes

Subject: bustards and foxes
From: "John Leonard" <>
Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 23:23:31 +0000
The point of my posting yesterday on this topic was not to underestimate the effect of fox predation on bustards or to question the usefulness of reducing fox numbers.

Rather it was to suggest that it is a bad idea to fix on one cause out of many for bustard decline. Bustards, as I said yesterday, have evolved alongside predators and live alongside them in northern Australia still.

We need to think what measures are practical; we cannot anticipate ever extirpating foxes and cats from Australia, though local control programs are a necessity. One person who wrote in on this topic mentioned the quality of the habitat as a vital factor which would enable bustards to better survive fox and other predation. It would be a lot easier to improve habitat management over areas of southern Australia than to get rid of all foxes and cats over wide areas...

John Leonard (Dr)

PO Box 243, Woden, ACT 2606, Australia

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