Australian Dingo Protects Native Wildlife after Bushfires

The much-maligned dingo has emerged as an unlikely hero in a study of the relationship between bushfires and feral pests.

Normally foxes and feral pests like cats enter recently burnt areas to pursue affected wildlife. but in areas where dingoes enter a burned area, foxes and cats stay away, effectively protecting the other species. The dingoes hunt mainly kangaroos, but will hunt and kill foxes and cats as well when they are found in their area, creating a ‘landscape of fear’ keeping the other predators away.

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