More than Mere Numbers: The Impact of Lethal Control on the Social Stability of a Top-Order Predator

  title={More than Mere Numbers: The Impact of Lethal Control on the Social Stability of a Top-Order Predator},
  author={Arian D Wallach and Euan G. Ritchie and John Read and Adam O'Neill},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Population control of socially complex species may have profound ecological implications that remain largely invisible if only their abundance is considered. Here we discuss the effects of control on a socially complex top-order predator, the dingo (Canis lupus dingo). Since European occupation of Australia, dingoes have been controlled over much of the continent. Our aim was to investigate the effects of control on their abundance and social stability. We hypothesized that dingo abundance and… CONTINUE READING
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