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Dingoes at the Doorstep: Home Range Sizes and Activity Patterns of Dingoes and Other Wild Dogs around Urban Areas of North-Eastern Australia

McNeill, Alice and Leung, Luke and Goullet, Mark and Gentle, Matthew and Allen, Benjamin (2016) Dingoes at the Doorstep: Home Range Sizes and Activity Patterns of Dingoes and Other Wild Dogs around Urban Areas of North-Eastern Australia. Animals, 6 (8). ISSN 2076-2615

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ani6080048

Publisher URL: http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/6/8/48/pdf

Abstract

Top-predators around the world are becoming increasingly intertwined with humans, sometimes causing conflict and increasing safety risks in urban areas. In Australia, dingoes and dingo � domestic dog hybrids are common in many urban areas, and pose a variety of human health and safety risks. However, data on urban dingo ecology is scant. We GPS-collared 37 dingoes in north-eastern Australia and continuously monitored them each 30 min for 11–394 days. Most dingoes were nocturnal, with an overall mean home range size of 17.47 km2. Overall mean daily distance
travelled was 6.86 km/day. At all times dingoes were within 1000 m of houses and buildings.
Home ranges appeared to be constrained to patches of suitable vegetation fragments within and around human habitation. These data can be used to reallocate dingo management effort towards mitigating actual conflicts between humans and dingoes in urban areas.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:adaptive kernel; Canis lupus dingo; habitat use; human–carnivore conflict; predator management; stray dog; urban ecology
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Impact assessment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural conservation
Deposited On:24 Aug 2016 05:34
Last Modified:24 Aug 2016 05:34

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