The co author of a new study into the dingo has spoken of the important role that both it and Aboriginal people have played in managing Australia’s fragile ecosystem over thousands of years.
Twenty leading researchers have confirmed that the dingo is actually a unique, Australian species in its own right and continues to play a vital ecological role by outcompeting and displacing noxious introduced predators like feral cats and foxes.
The latest findings provide further evidence of specific characteristics that differentiate dingoes from domestic dogs, feral dogs, and other wild canids such as wolves.
Professor Corey Bradshaw from Flinders University in South Australia says "when dingoes are left alone, there are fewer feral predators eating native marsupials, birds and lizards".
The finding that a dingo is not a dog comes after the Government of Western Australia contemplated declaring the dingo as ‘non-fauna’, which would have provided more freedoms for landowners to kill them without a license.
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