Population dynamics of wild rabbits after the occurrence of rabbit haemorrhagic disease in Victoria

After the occurrence of rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) in Australia, rabbit populations declined but RHD was least effective in cool, moist, temperate areas. In southern Victoria, a single site capture-mark-recapture study monitored the impact of: antibody status to RHD and benign calicivirus (CV) (Cooke et al. 2000), myxomatosis, and also season, gender, weight, condition and reproductive status on rabbit survival. From 1998 to 2003, 1550 rabbits were sampled on 23 occasions at 6-8 week intervals. Generalised linear models with Cormack-Jolly-Seber probability structure were used to estimate rabbit survival.

Author Meenken, E. D., Butler, K. L., McPhee, S. R., Backhouse, K. and Kovaliski, J.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Pages 288-289
Control method Biological Control
Region VIC
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