Feral cats, foxes hunting Australian mammals to brink of extinction

February 10, 2015 3:20 PM

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Feral cats, foxes hunting Australian mammals to brink of extinction

"No other country has had such a high rate and number of mammal extinctions over this period, and the number we report for Australia is substantially higher than previous estimates," lead researcher John Woinarski, a conservation biologist, told BBC News.

The island continent has lost nearly 30 of its more than 273 native land-based mammal species since 1978. Another 56 species are currently either threatened or endangered. The new study suggests the primary drivers of these losses are predation by feral animals, as well as habitat loss from developm...

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