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Systematic planning can rapidly close the protection gap in Australian mammal havens

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Ringma, J, Legge, S, Woinarski, JCZ, Radford, JQ, Wintle, B, Bentley, J, Burbidge, AA, Copley, P, Dexter, N, Dickman, CR, Gillespie, GR, Hill, B, Johnson, CN ORCID: 0000-0002-9719-3771, Kanowski, J, Letnic, M, Manning, A, Menkhorst, P, Mitchell, N, Morris, K, Moseby, K, Page, M, Palmer, R and Bode, M 2019 , 'Systematic planning can rapidly close the protection gap in Australian mammal havens' , Conservation Letters, vol. 12, no. 1 , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.1111/conl.12611.

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Abstract

In the last 30 years, islands and fenced exclosures free of introduced predators (collectively, havens) have become an increasingly used option for protecting Australian mammals imperiled by predation by introduced cats (Felis catus) and foxes (Vulpes vulpes). However, Australia's network of havens is not expanding in a manner that maximizes representation of all predator‐susceptible taxa, because of continued emphasis on already‐represented taxa. Future additions to the haven network will improve representation of mammals most efficiently if they fill gaps in under‐represented predator‐susceptible taxa, particularly rodents. A systematic approach to expansion could protect at least one population of every Australian predator‐susceptible threatened mammal taxon by the addition of 12 new havens to the current network. Were the current haven network to be doubled in number in a systematic manner, it could protect three populations of every Australian predator‐susceptible threatened mammal taxon.

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Authors/Creators:Ringma, J and Legge, S and Woinarski, JCZ and Radford, JQ and Wintle, B and Bentley, J and Burbidge, AA and Copley, P and Dexter, N and Dickman, CR and Gillespie, GR and Hill, B and Johnson, CN and Kanowski, J and Letnic, M and Manning, A and Menkhorst, P and Mitchell, N and Morris, K and Moseby, K and Page, M and Palmer, R and Bode, M
Keywords: conservation fencing, introduced species, islands, pest control, predation, systematic conservation planning, threatened species, translocation, wildlife management, invasive predator, threatened species, protected area
Journal or Publication Title: Conservation Letters
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ktd
ISSN: 1755-263X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/conl.12611
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© 2019 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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