Culling farm wildlife for conservation and production on “Koobabbie”, a cereal and sheep growing property, in the northern wheatbelt of Western Australia

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Saunders, Denis; Doley, Alison


2017-12-29


Journal Article


Australian Zoologist


online in press


online in press


15


Koobabbie is a 7,173ha cereal and sheep growing property in the northern wheatbelt of Western Australia. Unlike most wheatbelt properties that have been extensively cleared of native vegetation, Koobabbie retains 41% of its area under native vegetation. It is listed as an important bird area by BirdLife Australia and BirdLife International, and is a significant part of the region's conservation estate. Half of Australia's cockatoo species occur on the property, including the endangered Carnaby's Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris. The Major Mitchell's Cockatoo Cacatua leadbeateri occurs in small numbers on the property, while the Galah C. roseicapilla and Western Corella C. pastinator occur in large numbers, and compete with Carnaby's Cockatoo and Major Mitchell's Cockatoo for nest hollows. The owners have been culling Galah and Western Corella since 1997 to reduce competition for nest hollows. In addition, several other species of native animal, and three species of introduced mammal are culled, also for conservation and economic production purposes. This paper reports on the culling, and concludes it is an appropriate part of farm management for conservation and economic production objectives.


Royal Zoological Society of NSW


Culling wildlife; killing for conservation; Carnaby’s Cockatoo; Calyptorhynchus latirostris; conservation on farmland


Ecology not elsewhere classified


https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2017.046


EP178506


Journal article - Refereed


English


Saunders, Denis; Doley, Alison. Culling farm wildlife for conservation and production on “Koobabbie”, a cereal and sheep growing property, in the northern wheatbelt of Western Australia. Australian Zoologist. 2017; online in press(online in press):15. https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2017.046



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