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WLF2201 Vertebrate Pests and Biosecurity

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Vertebrate pests cause millions of dollars of lost agricultural and forestry production, increasing amounts of funding for their control, have an enormous impact on biodiversity and are increasingly involved in human-wildlife conflict. Although most native species are experiencing threats, a few native and most introduced vertebrate species are considered pests and must be managed as such. There are different types of management for pest species; however many of the introduced species are a serious biosecurity risk and require specific requirements for their management. These biosecurity risks are shared with many other countries and are an increasing threat to humans, native animals, forestry and agriculture in Australia and other parts of the world.

This course provides an introduction and overview of vertebrate pests and their control, biosecurity and human-wildlife conflict and its resolution. This course focusses on the legislation locally, in Queensland, nationally and internationally as it relates to vertebrate pests. The different types of control methods for vertebrate pests will be discussed as well as their strengths and limitations. Difference between vertebrate pest management and human-wildlife conflict management will be discussed. Biosecurity and the processes involved in minimising risk will be discussed as will the techniques of sample collection, storage, transport and analysis. The importance of engaging stakeholders, ensuring social licence and animal welfare, and keys aspects of negotiation will be described.

There is a highly recommended three day residential school for this course.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 External
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 27 June 2022