Dingoes, which were once present across Australia, are known to prey upon kangaroos, emus and feral goats and it’s thought they also deter foxes and feral cats.
Photograph: AAP/Supplied by Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
by Oliver Milma
Australia’s lengthy “dingo fence” should be altered to allow dingoes into a national park to test whether they can help reverse the precipitous decline of native wildlife, a group of conservation experts has recommended.
The bold experiment would involve remodelling the dingo-proof fence that stretches from eastern Queensland to the South Australian coastline. At more than 5,500km long, the barrier, originally constructed in the 1880s to keep out rabbits, is the longest fence in the world.
Altering the fence’s boundary would enable dingoes to enter the Sturt national park in New South Wales, allowing scientists to assess whether dingoes, long reviled by many people as dangerous to livestock and even humans, could…
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