The Guardian: Mallee needs more dingoes: expert

Interactions within Mallee ecosystem food chains are out of balance.

The apex predator of the Mallee landscape — the dingo — is on the decline, allowing invasive species in the middle order of the food chain to become overabundant.

Propping up dingo numbers in the region will help control local pest species and problems associated with planned burning.

Read the full article on The Guardian Australia website.

2 thoughts on “The Guardian: Mallee needs more dingoes: expert

  1. mccnmatt

    Fascinating, particularly for someone like me who grew up in the mallee. Where I now live in suburbia on the edge of national parks in Sydney we are being overrun by brush turkeys and I do often wonder if baiting for foxes is a key reason for this … And whether more dingoes might be a better solution….

  2. Euan Ritchie Post author

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments. In relation to this I’ve always loved these two quotes:

    “We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”
    – Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949

    “What escapes the eye… is a much more insidious kind of extinction: the extinction of ecological interactions”
    Daniel Janzen

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