Dogs as predators and trophic regulators

Ritchie, Euan G and Dickman, Christopher R and Letnic, Mike and Vanak, Abi Tamim (2014) Dogs as predators and trophic regulators. In: Free-Ranging Dogs and Wildlife Conservation. Oxford University Press, pp. 55-68. ISBN 9780199663217

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Abstract

There is increasing interest in the ecology of dogs, the world’s most abundant carnivore (estimated 700 million–1 billion worldwide) ( Hughes and Macdonald, 2013 ; Silva-Rodríguez and Sieving, 2012 ; Vanak and Gompper, 2009a ; Gompper, Chapter 1 ). Like other large-bodied predators, dogs have important functional roles in structuring and maintaining ecological communities ( Letnic et al., 2012 ; Ritchie and Johnson, 2009 ; Vanak and Gompper, 2009a ), but they are also a regular source of confl ict with humans due to their negative effects on people and their enterprises, for instance through their roles in disease transmission and the killing of livestock and wildlife ( Baker et al., 2008 ; Hughes and Macdonald, 2013 ; King et al., 2012 ; Ritchie et al., 2012 ; Van Bommel and Johnson, 2012 ; Young et al., 2011 ). Indeed, some of the negative effects of maintaining dogs in the landscape have led to considerable recent debate about their management, most notably for dingoes, whose structuring role in Australian ecosystems may be comparable to that of wolves ( Canis lupus ) in North American settings ( Allen et al., 2011a ; Houston et al., 2010 b, 2013 ; Fleming et al., 2012 ; Letnic et al., 2011a ; Mech, 2012 ; Johnson and Ritchie, 2013).

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Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 09:18
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URI: http://eprints.atree.org/id/eprint/635

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