Finding an Achilles heel: The role of behavioural studies to improve control techniques for invasive vertebrate species (#29)
Current control of invasive vertebrate species primarily involves removing pest animals via lethal methods such as baiting and shooting. Such methods have contributed to reduced populations of predators but these invasive species still thrive in most areas. Research focusing on the behaviour of invasive vertebrate species could give managers the edge required to improve the efficacy of control. A focus on reducing the impact of invasive predators rather than simply reducing predator numbers could be a more cost effective and targeted way to address predation issues. Alternatives to lethal control such as conditioned aversion could also extend the options available to managers and landowners to reduce risks to wildlife and livestock. This presentation will review the options for integrating behavioural studies into pest management regimes to improve outcomes for successful control.