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Australia | Wildlife rebounds (temporarily?) on Lord Howe Island

One of the more important ethical discussions in conservation has to be whether the large-scale eradication of non-native predators (or opportunist generalists) from islands where native wildlife has been terribly impacted by their presence can be justified. All across the globe wildlife that has evolved on islands – often in predator-free ecosystems – are being decimated by non-native invasive species. Typically though those species have been accidentally introduced (mice and rats perhaps); deliberately introduced to control rats attracted to crops which (predictably with hindsight) go on to live off the easily captured native animals instead (Javan Mongoose is an obvious case); or were brought to islands as companions or to control ‘pests’ and which have gone on to cause extinctions (cats that have become feral would be a prime example). In all cases there is a common factor: those non-native animals arrived in the same way – through us.

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