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Peri-urban wild dogs : diet and movements in north-eastern Australia

Allen, B., Allen, L. R. and Amos, M. (2016) Peri-urban wild dogs : diet and movements in north-eastern Australia. In: 5th Queensland Pest Animal Symposium, Townsville.


Article Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/310213446


Knowledge of peri-urban dingo or wild dog ecology can assist management agencies in developing management approaches that alleviate human-wildlife conflicts. Here we summarise (1) the food and dietary items identified in wild dog scats and (2) wild dog movement ecology in urban areas. Individual prey species commonly observed in scats included agile wallabies, northern brown bandicoots and swamp wallabies. Dietary overlap analyses indicated that wild dogs ate the same types or sizes of prey in different regions. In general, wild dogs occupied small fragments of bushland within an urban matrix, were active at all times of the day, and lived within a few hundred meters of houses and humans at all times. These data suggest that urban wild dog management strategies should focus on the mitigation of impacts at the individual or group level, and not population-level reductions in numbers.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Animal control and ecology
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural ecology (General)
Live Archive:11 Jan 2017 23:05
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:44

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