Impact of rabbit haemorrhagic disease on introduced predators in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia

The impact of rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) on the population dynamics and diet of foxes and feral cats was studied in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Populations of both foxes and cats decreased substantially some 6–10 months after the advent of RHD, when rabbit numbers were reduced by 85%. The diet of foxes changed as a result of reduced rabbit numbers, with much less rabbit and more invertebrates and carrion being eaten. The physical condition of foxes showed little change after RHD. The diet of cats did not change markedly, but their physical condition was substantially poorer than before RHD. Total predation on native fauna is considered to have decreased after RHD.

Author Holden, C. and Mutze, G.
Year 2002
Secondary title Wildlife Research
Volume 29
Number 6
Pages 615-626
Control method Biological Control
Region SA