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


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Open access. Access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 06:05
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 05:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: Canis lupus dingo; epidemiology; landscape ecology; tapeworm; urban wildlife; wild dog
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960599 Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.07.008
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29435

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