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Why is the bandicoot endangered?


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Most species of bandicoot are not endangered, but those that are endangered are so because of loss and change to their habitat as well as the competition with other animals. The introduction of large animals for livestock, and rabbits, has greatly reduced the bandicoot's habitat and food source. In the past, attempts to trap and poison rabbits had an adverse effect on the bandicoot population as well.

Non-native predatory species such as feral cats, foxes and wild dogs have also contributed to the endangerment of bandicoots as they are small and helpless creatures with no effective defence behaviours.