Title

Rapid population expansion of Boodie (Burrowing Bettong, Bettongia lesueur) creates potential for resource competition with Mala (Rufous Hare-wallaby, Lagorchestes hirsutus)

Document Type

Report

Publication Title

Ecological Management & Restoration

Volume

22

Issue

S1

First Page

54

Last Page

57

Publisher

Wiley

School

Centre for Ecosystem Management / School of Science

RAS ID

39861

Funders

Gorgon Barrow Island

Comments

Treloar, S., Lohr, C., Hopkins, A. J. M., & Davis, R. A. (2021). Rapid population expansion of Boodie (Burrowing Bettong, Bettongia lesueur) creates potential for resource competition with Mala (Rufous Hare‐wallaby, Lagorchestes hirsutus). Ecological Management & Restoration, 22(S1), 54-57. https://doi.org/10.1111/emr.12471

Abstract

Translocations to closed systems such as fenced reserves are commonly used for conservation of threatened fauna species worldwide; however, resources are limited in these areas, and natural processes that regulate populations in response to resource availability are unable to occur. This can result in overabundance followed by overuse of resources, potentially resulting in extreme declines or local extinctions. Resource exhaustion can negatively impact other fauna in the closed environment that exploit similar resources, through inter-specific competition. This paper discusses the reintroduction of Boodie (Bettongia lesueur) and Mala (Lagorchestes hirsutus) to a fenced reserve on the Matuwa Indigenous Protected Area, Western Australia, and raises the concern of potential competition between the two threatened species.

DOI

10.1111/emr.12471

Access Rights

free_to_read

Research Themes

Natural and Built Environments

Priority Areas

Environmental science, ecology and ecosystems

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