Inappropriate fire regimes are a key threatening process for native mammals in Australia. Predation by feral animals such as cats and foxes is another key threatening process that often pushes already vulnerable mammal populations onto the brink of extinction when predators move into recently burnt landscapes.
The Threatened Species Recovery Hub has summarised their research into this issue, highlighting the best strategies available to land managers who are trying to reduce the impact of predators on native mammals in fire-affected landscapes.
Researchers use examples from the Kimberly Savannas (WA), the Otway Ranges (VIC), the Top End and the Tiwi Islands (NT), to demonstrate how a landscape-scale approach is key for the successful management of both fire regimes and feral predator populations. Habitat manipulation and post and pre-fire feral animal management are also examined and recommended as useful strategies in the protection of threatened mammal species.
For a wealth of other resources by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub head to: www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/publications-and-tools