The influence of predators and prey naivety on reintroduction success: current and future directions

Katherine Moseby*, Alexandra Carthey, Tina Schroeder

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Despite decades of research into predator control, predation by exotic predators is the leading cause of reintroduction failure in Australia and New Zealand. A variety of methods are used to deal with the threat of predation, including the exclusion and control of predators and improved prey responses. Fenced reserves and islands are becoming increasingly popular reintroduction sites and generally have high reintroduction success. However, in this chapter, we argue that the current emphasis on predator exclusion is short-sighted and does not consider the underlying issue of prey naivety. We call for a new paradigm focusing on improving the ability of prey to co-exist with exotic predators one that acknowledges behavioural plasticity and natural selection.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in reintroduction biology of Australian and New Zealand fauna
EditorsDoug P. Armstrong, Matthew W. Hayward, Dorian Moro, Philip J. Seddon
Place of PublicationClayton South, Vic
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781486303021, 9781486303038
ISBN (Print)9781486303014
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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