The feasibility of commercially harvesting agile wallabies in the Northern Territory

  • 74 pages

  • Published: 12 Dec 2018

  • Author(s): Warren Hunt, John Mullen, Geert Geesink, Aaron Van den Heuvel, Miguel Bedoya-Perez

  • ISBN: 978-1-76053-015-0

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Agile Wallabies (Notamacropus agilis), are widespread and abundant species in northern Australia. In undeveloped natural savannah landscapes they exist in very low numbers, ranging from single figures to a few dozen per square kilometre (km2). However, when landscapes are modified for agricultural purposes through land clearing for improved pastures, additional permanent waters, or various other intensified farming activities; the populations can increase exponentially. The species can find itself in competition with stock through their grazing, they can intrude hay crops en masse destroying yields, they can also attack seedlings in timber plantations and cause damage to farm infrastructure. This research is important as it is the first of its type to investigate the economics, biophysical, and policy frameworks and standards that might surround an industry based on the commercial harvest of this species of macropod.