Top-dogs and under-dogs: competition between dogs and sympatric carnivores

Vanak, Abi Tamim and Dickman, Christopher R and Silva-Rodriguez, Eduardo A and Butler, James RA and Ritchie, Euan G (2013) Top-dogs and under-dogs: competition between dogs and sympatric carnivores. In: Free-Ranging Dogs and Wildlife Conservation. Oxford University Press, pp. 69-93. ISBN 9780199663217

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In many natural and semi-natural systems worldwide, dogs ( Canis familiaris ) are an integral part of the carnivore community (Gompper, Chapter 1 ). Until recently, the role of dogs as mid-sized members of the carnivore guild, and how they shape the structure of native carnivore communities, has garnered little attention. Of late, however, a suite of studies across the world has highlighted several key aspects of the competitive dynamics that occur between dogs and sympatric members of the carnivore community ( Table 3.1 ). These studies have demonstrated that dogs often compete with native carnivores for food, and that smaller carnivores may react to dogs as they would to any other midsized predator: with increased vigilance, lowered food intake, avoidance of dog-dominated habitat types, or complete spatial separation. These studies have also shown that the types and intensity of interactions between dogs and subordinate predators are likely infl uenced by several factors, including, but not limited to:

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