Income obtained from harvesting or commercial use of pest animals can offset some management costs and achieve more cost-effective reduction in pest animal impact. In the past, there has been considerable harvesting of rabbits and foxes in Australia. However, the commercial offtake of these species has declined considerably in recent years. The decline in wild rabbit harvest is due to competition from the farmed rabbit industry and the impact of pest control activities, including biological control, on wild rabbit populations. The decline in fox harvesting is due to competition from the farmed fur industry and the fact that demand for furs is declining world-wide. Currently, the greatest potential for commercial use of introduced pest animals is the harvesting of feral goats and feral pigs.
|Author||Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries|
|Publisher||Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries|
|Region||Australia - national|