Can carcasses be used to reduce the threat of feral predators on ground-nesting birds by attracting dingos?

Date: 15, Sep, 2021
Author(s): Emma Spencer   Thomas Newsome  

Feral cats have been identified as a key threat to the continued survival of the Endangered night parrot, a ground-nesting bird. One potential management solution to reduce the cat threat, is to elevate dingo activity at key night parrot strongholds. Dingoes have been recorded hunting and killing cats, and cats may avoid sites where dingoes are common. We tested this theory by artificially distributing kangaroo carcasses to increase dingo activity at Bush Heritage Australia’s Ethabuka Reserve in western Queensland. The kangaroo carcasses we added attracted only a few dingoes and instead became a source of food for feral cats and red foxes.