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Recording fox baiting effort across the landscape using geographic information systems: facilitating more effective management

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Predation on native vertebrates and livestock by the European Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) remains a significant problem in many parts of Australia. Coordinated approaches to fox control are most effective in protecting these assets and involve placement of baits across the landscape by private and public land managers. However, participation in such programmes varies seasonally and the spatial coverage of baiting is often difficult to determine. Here, we describe a geographic information systems-based system that assists land managers to collect and use spatial information, minimizing gaps in bait coverage and maximizing bait encounters by foxes to increase the effectiveness of pest control. The coordination of data collection and reporting between land managers should facilitate more effective adaptive management by allowing better strategic planning and increasing landholder involvement, which should, in turn, improve the programme's efficacy, provided other critical conditions and resources are met.

UOW Authors


  •   Dickman, Chris R. (external author)
  •   Towerton, Alison L. (external author)
  •   Kavanagh, Rodney P. (external author)
  •   Penman, Trent D.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Towerton, A. L., Kavanagh, R. P., Penman, T. D. & Dickman, C. R. (2013). Recording fox baiting effort across the landscape using geographic information systems: facilitating more effective management. Ecological Management and Restoration, 14 (1), 54-58.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84873831325

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1008

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 54

End Page


  • 58

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • Predation on native vertebrates and livestock by the European Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) remains a significant problem in many parts of Australia. Coordinated approaches to fox control are most effective in protecting these assets and involve placement of baits across the landscape by private and public land managers. However, participation in such programmes varies seasonally and the spatial coverage of baiting is often difficult to determine. Here, we describe a geographic information systems-based system that assists land managers to collect and use spatial information, minimizing gaps in bait coverage and maximizing bait encounters by foxes to increase the effectiveness of pest control. The coordination of data collection and reporting between land managers should facilitate more effective adaptive management by allowing better strategic planning and increasing landholder involvement, which should, in turn, improve the programme's efficacy, provided other critical conditions and resources are met.

UOW Authors


  •   Dickman, Chris R. (external author)
  •   Towerton, Alison L. (external author)
  •   Kavanagh, Rodney P. (external author)
  •   Penman, Trent D.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Towerton, A. L., Kavanagh, R. P., Penman, T. D. & Dickman, C. R. (2013). Recording fox baiting effort across the landscape using geographic information systems: facilitating more effective management. Ecological Management and Restoration, 14 (1), 54-58.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84873831325

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1008

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 54

End Page


  • 58

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 1