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The diet of the dingo (Canis lupus dingo) in north-eastern Australia with comments on its conservation implications

LA Brook, AS Kutt



The dingo (Canis lupus dingo and hybrids) is the top mammalian predator on the Australian mainland and is thought to control and suppress populations of native herbivores and smaller mesopredators, including the introduced feral cat (Felis catus). Dingoes have been persecuted as a threat to domestic livestock, and local population decreases have been linked to increasing mesopredator populations, which in turn may cause the decline of small native mammals. There is little data on the dingo's dietary composition in northern Australia. We examined the diet of dingoes in north-eastern Queensland via scat collection and analysis. A total of 178 scats were examined between 1994 and 2000, comprise..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

The initial data collection was funded by an Australian Government National Estate grant and the Tropical Savannas Management CRC. The writing of this manuscript was supported by funding from the CSIRO Building Resilient Australian Biodiversity Assets Theme. Identification of species within the dog scat sample contents was undertaken by Barbara Triggs (c/- Dead Finish, Genoa, Vic., Australia). Valuable comments on earlier drafts of this manuscript were provided by Gen Perkins and Adam McKeown (CSIRO) and Russell Palmer. Gen Perkins also drafted Fig. 1.