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Environmental management and wildlife in Queensland : a review of Queensland mammal species designated as scarce

Lavery, Hugh & Kirkpatrick, Tom (2010) Environmental management and wildlife in Queensland : a review of Queensland mammal species designated as scarce. Queensland Environmental Practice Reporter, 16(73), pp. 103-119.

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Abstract

From 19 authoritative lists with 164 entries of ‘endangered’ Australian mammal species, 39 species have been reported as extinct. When examined in the light of field conditions, the 18 of these species thought to be from Queensland consist of (a) species described from fragmentary museum material collected in the earliest days of exploration, (b) populations inferred to exist in Queensland by extrapolation from distribution records in neighbouring States or countries, (c) inhabitants of remote and harsh locations where search effort is extraordinarily difficult (especially in circumstances of drought or flooding). and/or (d) individuals that are clearly transitory or peripheral in distribution. ‘Rediscovery’ of such scarce species - a not infrequent occurrence - is nowadays attracting increasing attention.

Management in respect of any scarce wildlife in Queensland presently derives from such official lists. The analyses here indicate that this method of prioritizing action needs review. This is especially so because action then tends to be centred on species chosen out of the lists for populist reasons and that mostly addresses Crown lands. There is reason to believe that the preferred management may lie private lands where casual observation has provided for rediscovery and where management is most desirable and practicable.

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ID Code: 40368
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: endangered species, management, private land
ISSN: 1323-7349
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS (050100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (059900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Queensland Environmental Law Association and Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 02 Mar 2011 13:08
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 01:13

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