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Dingoes at the doorstep: Preliminary data on the ecology of dingoes in urban areas

Allen, Benjamin L. and Goullet, Mark and Allen, Lee R. and Lisle, Allan and Leung, Luke K. P. (2013) Dingoes at the doorstep: Preliminary data on the ecology of dingoes in urban areas. Landscape and Urban Planning, 119 . pp. 131-135. ISSN 0169-2046

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.07.00...

Publisher URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204613001369

Abstract

Wild carnivores are becoming increasing common in urban areas. In Australia, dingoes exist, in most large cities and towns within their extended range. However, little empirical data is available to inform dingo management or address potential dingo–human conflicts during urban planning. From GPS tracking data, the nine dingoes, predominately juvenile and female, we tracked lived within 700 m of residential homes at all times and frequently crossed roads, visited backyards and traversed built-up areas. Home range sizes ranged between 0.37 km2 and 100.32 km2. Dingoes were mostly nocturnal, averaging 591 m/h between dusk and dawn. Juvenile and adult dingoes spent up to 19% and 72% of their time in urban habitats. Fresh scats from most areas surveyed tested positive to a variety of common zoonoses. These data suggest dingoes are capable of exploiting peri-urban areas and might contribute to human health and safety risks, the significance of which remains unknown.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Additional Information:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:Canis lupus dingo Epidemiology Landscape ecology Tapeworm Urban wildlife Wild dog
Subjects:Animal culture
Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Animal control and ecology
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