Research Endorses Launch of Tasmanian Devils in Mainland Australia
A research released by University of New South Wales (UNSW) has suggested that Tasmanian devil should be reintroduced to balance out the biodiversity on mainland Australia by controlling the widening of red foxes and feral cats.
The researcher, in their paper released on August 11, stated the devils can prove significant in improving the biodiversity. The Tasmanian devil has been extinct in the Australian mainland since 3,000 years.
Taming the spread of red foxes and feral cats will help smaller animals like bandicoots and ringtail possums survive better as these are being rampantly attacked by the predators.
Researchers also pointed out that Australia tops the charts in mammal extinction rate in the world. In past 200 years, more than 30 native mammals have gone extinct.
As per statistics available with Australian Wildlife Conservancy, nearly 75 million native animals are attacked and eventually killed by the feral cats in Australia per day.
The research published on August 11 also suggested that south-eastern Australia has the most conducive climate for the launch and survival of the Tasmanian devils.
"There are large areas where the dingo is gone and we need a predator who can suppress fox numbers. The devil is the obvious answer. It doesn't pose as serious a risk to livestock, and it has played a major role in stopping foxes from establishing a foothold in Tasmania", said Daniel Hunter from the UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
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