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Bush tucker, bush pets, and bush threats: Cooperative management of feral animals in Australia's Kakadu National Park

Robinson, C., Smyth, Dermot and Whitehead, Peter J. (2005). Bush tucker, bush pets, and bush threats: Cooperative management of feral animals in Australia's Kakadu National Park. Conservation Biology,19(5):1385-1391.

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Title Bush tucker, bush pets, and bush threats: Cooperative management of feral animals in Australia's Kakadu National Park
Author Robinson, C.
Smyth, Dermot
Whitehead, Peter J.
Journal Name Conservation Biology
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 19
Issue Number 5
ISSN 0888-8892   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-28344431707
Start Page 1385
End Page 1391
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication Malden
Publisher Blackwell
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Although feral animal management is often based on the proposition that introduced species threaten ecological and conservation values, that view is not necessarily shared by all stakeholders, including those indigenous people who own and co-manage Kakadu National Park with Australia's federal government Drawing on field-based interviews with the Jawoyn people, we found that these indigenous people categorize water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) as an important food source (tucker), view horses (Equus caballus) as bush pets, and consider pigs (Sus scrofa) a threat to their lands. As a result, Jawoyn people want more water buffalo in the park, have high tolerance of environmental damage caused by horses, and are open to the idea that pig population densities should be reduced. Jawoyn also advocate an adaptive and participatory approach to feral animal control so that the consequences of any management actions can be properly understood before irrevocable change occurs. These findings highlight one example of how indigenous people's ecological knowledge has adapted in response to changing landscapes and community aspirations. Co-management strategies that aim to incorporate the dynamics of indigenous peoples views need to start with issues on which there is agreement between different groups and take a cautious approach to joint exploration of more contentious issues. That approach should include ongoing and on-site monitoring so that the consequences of management actions can be properly understood and comprehensively negotiated by all parties.
Keywords adaptive management
bush pets
bush tucker
co-management
feral animal damage
indigenous ecological knowledge
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2005.00196.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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