Rewilding the devil you know

I’m gunna make him an offer he can’t refuse… I’m afraid I must insist, so please, da money… As any Mafia Boss can attest, it’s an important job being at the top. You have a lot of influence in the community. 

For much of mainland Australia, the apex predator that’s running the show at the moment is not the species we want at the top. They’re just not doing a good job – being introduced and all that. If we want to re-establish natural processes in our ecosystems, we need to get serious about re-establishing a native predator…..

Enter the Tasmanian Devil!

But they’re not gunna just let devils loose on the mainland….yet. So Don Daniel and his Consigliere got together what we know and asked, ‘under a bunch of different scenarios of devil re-introduction and/or control of other predators, what happens? Let’s run the models’

As they say, the devil is in the detail, but if you want the quick run down; the best models predicted that devils would negatively influence introduced predators and over-abundant large herbivores, which in turn would positively influence endangered small-medium sized mammals.

For the actual science of this story you should definitely read the paper and contact the authors if you have any questions.

Hunter DO, Britz T, Jones M & Letnic M (2015) Reintroduction of Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia can restore top-down control in ecosystems where dingoes have been extirpatedBiological Conservation 191: 428–435.

K!E#6 By Luke S. O’Loughlin

 

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