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 T. and Leung, Luke K.-P. and Goullet, Mark S. and Gentle, Matthew N. and Allen, Benjamin L. (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). pp. 1-12.

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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 x 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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available under Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 02:57
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 00:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptive kernel; Canis lupus dingo; habitat use; human-carnivore conflict; predator management; stray dog; urban ecology
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960411 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Urban and Industrial Environments
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3390/ani6080048
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30665

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