In other news, Australia’s ongoing experiment with biological warfare doesn’t appear to be having any more success than it did with cane toads.
“Killing dingoes has side effects” (and presumably not just for the dingoes) screams the Nature Research Highlights headline.
If you poison dingoes, according to a paper in Proc Roy Soc B, you allow kangaroos to flourish, which leads to less vegetation, with less room for small critters to hide. In other words, “multiple cascade pathways induced by lethal control of an apex predator, the dingo, drive unintended shifts in forest ecosystem structure”.
Yeah. You’d think they’d have learned lessons like that a long time ago. Just shoot the bloody roos—there’s good eating on them.