Effects of Hunting and Rainfall on Bennetts Wallaby and Tasmanian Pademelon Populations

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This study investigated the effects of hunting and rainfall on populations of Bennett's wallabies, Macropus rufogriseus, and Tasmanian pademelons, Thylogale billardieri. Both species have been hunted for skins, meat and sport since the earliest times of European settlement. Three aspects of their biology were considered: body condition, breeding and population structure.

The study was based on animals shot by commercial and non-commercial hunters. Study areas were located throughout Tasmania and represented a wide range of hunting and rainfall levels.The start of the study coincided with the end of one of Tasmania's longest droughts. This drought provided an opportunity to investigate the effects of low rainfall on macropod populations in Tasmania.

Content includes:
  • Introduction
  • Description of Study Areas
  • General Methods
  • Body Condition
  • Breeding
  • Population Structure
  • Conclusions
  • Appendices

Written by Michael Driessen.
Published by Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment.
(Published in 1992)
ISBN/ISSN ISBN 0 7246 4114 9
Copyright Government of Tasmania 1992
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