Diet of dingoes and other wild dogs in peri-urban areas of north-eastern Australia

Allen, Benjamin L. and Carmelito, Erin and Amos, Matt and Goullet, Mark S. and Allen, Lee R. and Speed, James and Gentle, Matt and Leung, Luke -K.-P. (2016) Diet of dingoes and other wild dogs in peri-urban areas of north-eastern Australia. Scientific Reports, 6 (23028). pp. 1-8. ISSN 2045-2322

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Abstract

Knowledge of the resource requirements of urban predators can improve our understanding of their ecology and assist town planners and wildlife management agencies in developing management approaches that alleviate human-wildlife conflicts. Here we examine food and dietary items identified in scats of dingoes in peri-urban areas of north-eastern Australia to better understand their resource requirements and the potential for dingoes to threaten locally fragmented populations of native fauna. Our primary aim was to determine what peri-urban dingoes eat, and whether or not this differs between regions. We identified over 40 different food items in dingo scats, almost all of which were mammals. Individual species commonly observed in dingo scats included agile wallabies, northern brown bandicoots and swamp wallabies. Birds were relatively common in some areas but not others, as were invertebrates. Dingoes were identified as a significant potential threat to fragmented populations of koalas. Dietary overlap was typically very high or near-identical between regions, indicating that peri-urban dingoes ate the same types or sizes of prey in different areas. Future studies should seek to quantify actual and perceived impacts of, and human attitudes towards, peri-urban dingoes, and to develop management strategies with a greater chance of reducing human-wildlife conflicts.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Open Access journal. Published version made available in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 02:21
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2018 05:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: invasive species; urban ecology
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1038/srep23028
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29383

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