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Jen Parker, Foster, Victoria

Victoria, the only state to offer some sort of protection, has just reintroduced a dingo/wild dog bounty and has started to aerial bait across the continent.

It’s not only detrimental to the dingo as a threatened species, but the entire ecosystem.

They are so vital for ecosystem health.

There is now a substantial body of research demonstrating that, alongside climate change, eliminating large carnivores is one of the most significant anthropogenic impacts on nature.

We, the human race need to learn to coexist with nature, not vice versa!

When dingo numbers decline, the balance of ecosystems can and does shift dramatically.

We should heed to the research done on dingoes, it shows that populations of foxes and kangaroos irrupt following the removal of dingoes.

Foxes in particular pose a considerable threat to small native mammals.

Dingoes have a profound impact on the way food chains are structured. They limit the populations of herbivores through predation, which keeps plant life thriving, and helps keep other, smaller carnivores at bay through competition.

Overall, the suppression of dingoes has contributed to the endangerment and extinction of small marsupials and rodents over much of the state.


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