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Observations of the ecological impacts of Sambar Cervus unicolor in East Gippsland, Victoria, with reference to destruction of rainforest communities

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posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by B Peel, R Bilney, Rohan Bilney
Damage caused by Sambar, particularly browsing, antler rubbing and physical removal of particular plant species, is resulting in serious ecological consequences. Threatening processes instigated or maintained by Sambar include: loss of individual taxa, altered vegetation structure and massive
widespread removal and prevention of regeneration, which is now resulting in the loss of plant communities in some areas. These observations are particularly disturbing, as it is apparent that Sambar are yet to reach their full ecological and population potential in south-eastern Australia. The destruction documented ill this article is now so widespread and so severe that in places it represents an ecological disaster for specific plant and animal species, ecological vegetation classes and floristic communities. We strongly recommend that Sambar in particular, and feral deer in general. should no longer be protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 so that control methods can be devised and implemented. It now appears that such measures will he essential for the long-term survival of some fragile plant species and communities in Victoria. (Title: Victorian Naturalist 122(4) 2005, 189-200

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Journal

The Victorian naturalist

Volume

122

Issue

4

Pagination

189 - 200

Publisher

Field Naturalists Club of Victoria

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

0042-5184

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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