Kangaroos: Their Ecology and Management in the Sheep Rangelands of Australia

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Graeme Caughley, Neil Shepherd, Jeff Short
Cambridge University Press, May 29, 1987 - Science - 253 pages
The management of kangaroos is one of the most controversial issues in Australian wildlife management today - kangaroos are 'in plague proportions' or 'on the verge of extinction' depending on whom you spoke to last. This book examines the ecology and management of kangaroos and shows how they interact with their own environment and with that shaped by sheep grazing and the wool industry. It presents the results of intensive and detailed studies of feeding behaviour, movement and habitat utilisation, body condition and population dynamics, weather and plant growth. These are then synthesised to produce a clear picture of how kangaroos cope so successfully with the climatic extremes of the arid zone, how they and the sheep jointly affect each other's fortunes, and what the options are for the future management of kangaroos both within the national parks and on the sheep rangelands.

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The environment of the Australian sheep
Plant dynamics
The diet of herbivores in the sheep rangelands
A New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service Box N189
The mobility and habitat utilisation
Condition and recruitment of kangaroos
Ecological relationships
Options for management of kangaroos

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