Wallaby Home Range Shifts in Response to Lethal Control

Dr Natasha Wiggins, Dr Hamish McCallum, University of Tasmania:
Strategic Plan Areas
  • Shooting, Trapping and Behavioural Research
  • Barriers and Fencing
Funding Source
Grant Round 3 - Home Range Behaviour

Original Grant: $300,000. Additional funding allotted: $70,541

This deed originally aimed to further understanding of how Bennett's (Macropus rufogriseus) and Rufous (Thylogale billardierii) wallabies reacted following lethal control programs. The project aimed to:
      a) study the seasonal movements and habitat usage of GPS collared individuals (including different demographics) from areas adjacent to a lethal control
      b) quantify movement rates of animals i.e. the re-emergence of a browsing population of wallabies into a controlled area to measure the effectiveness of short-term culls on browsing pressure and consequently plant survival.
      c) compare population density of Bennett's and Rufous wallabies both in and adjacent to areas in which lethal control is applied.
Due to some operational difficulties with collaring animals for this project, a review of objectives had to take place part way through, and one of the two trial sites was subsequently fenced off and the trial design modified to monitor the comparative behavioural response between shooting and fencing controls.

Further Information
Wiggins NL, Bowman MJS, McMahon CR, McCallum HI. (2010) Home range shifts in response to lethal control, Report to Alternatives to 1080 Program, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. University of Tasmania, Hobart.

Wiggins N et al. Responses of red-bellied pademelon (Thylogale billardierii) and red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) populations to lethal control, Poster presented at the 14th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Management Conference, Darwin, June 2008.

Wiggins NL, McMahon CR, Bowman DMJS, McCallum HI. Home range movements of the red-bellied pademelon and red-necked wallaby populations in response to native wildlife control. Paper presented at the 33rd annual conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Sydney, December 2008

Wiggins NL, Bowman D, McCallum, H, McMahon C. Macropod home range movements in response to wildlife management strategies. Paper presented at the Australasian Wildlife Management Society, Napier, New Zealand, November 2009.

Wiggins NL, Williamson GJ, McCallum HI, McMahon CR, Bowman DMJS. (2010) Shifts in macropod home range in response to wildlife management interventions. Wildlife Research (in press)

McMahon CR, Wiggins NL, French V, McCallum HI, Bowman DMJS. Capture myopathy in the Tasmanian pademelon (Thylogale billardierii) and Bennett's wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus). Australian Veterinary Journal (submitted)

Wiggins NL, Bowman DMJS. Macropod habitat use and response to management interventions in an agricultural-forest mosaic in north eastern Tasmania as inferred by scat surveys. Wildlife Research (submitted)

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