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Feral dog interactions with wild animals
Topic Started: Jan 17 2013, 05:48 PM (1,468 Views)
k9boy
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Feel free to share any sort of interactions between wild animals and feral dogs. Accounts or pictures.
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Dogs at War — Indian Wolf hounded by Feral Dogs
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The Indian Wolf (Canis lupus pallippes) though declared as an endangered species, and listed under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, remains an ignored species in India. Indian wolves, like most canids in India, are found in dry, degraded habitats which fail to get enough attention and protection compared to the green tracts of the country. These creatures are often found around human habitation in rural areas. Blamed for killing poultry, goats and sheep, adult wolves and pups are often killed by sheep and goat herders. Living in close proximity with humans brings them in contact with stray dogs.

Leaner in size and numbers, wolves are often chased and killed by packs of feral dogs, as seen in the picture. We spotted two wolves near Phaltan, Satara District, Maharashtra, on the evening of 28th June, 2012. Both the wolves were spotted and chased by feral dogs when they came near human habitation.
Edited by k9boy, Jan 17 2013, 05:57 PM.
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There's a popular myth on here that no dog breed can beat any wild wolves or big cats. I'm pretty sure that given the opportunity a BULLY KUTTA would gladly maul an Indian Wolf and it's a possibility that they could interact.
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k9boy you beat be to that one!

video has clip of shows feral dogs chasing kangaroos at the (5:00) mark

At one point a dog was mentioned weighting around 75 kilograms, a mix of irish wolfhound. The dragged a steel jaw trap attached to it around 40 kilograms over 5 kilometers. (6:05)


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Wild dog barking at a subadult, possibly habituated Brown bear.

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Jeff Villepique usually carries bear spray when he goes into the mountains. But the California Department of Fish and Game biologist isn’t worried about bears as he walks to the edge of a steep, rocky wash near the Mount Baldy Ski Lifts resort in Southern California. On this bone-chilling, misty morning, he’s worried about dogs.

Villepique recalls the macabre scene he recently investigated here: the tracks of three or four dogs in the snow, tufts of hair marking where a bighorn ewe was dragged down the talus slope, and the carcass itself — mangled and missing a leg and a horn. The prime suspects: a Labrador retriever mix Villepique found still gnawing on the evidence, and its partner in crime, a German shepherd mix that watched menacingly from the top of the wash.

“It’s a great loss,” Villepique says. State and federal agencies in California have spent three decades and a lot of money trying to recover local bighorn populations. But encroaching development and its encroaching pets — some abandoned and others simply allowed to run free — are complicating efforts.

Officials have captured hundreds of feral and free-roaming dogs in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains in recent years, especially around Mount Baldy and Lytle Creek. In addition to bighorn sheep, the dogs are hammering rabbits, quail, mule deer and other wildlife.

The story is similar across much of the West, as swelling ranks of rogue canines increasingly harass wildlife, livestock, even people. But most federal efforts to protect big game and livestock are focused on killing wild predators. With limited funds for trapping dogs, local officials like Villepique can do little but try to educate the public.

“I doubt we’re even making a dent in what is going on out there,” says California-based Forest Service biologist Kathie Meyer.

Wildlife Services — the federal agency responsible for predator control — estimates that more than 33 million feral and free-roaming dogs run loose in the United States, biting 5 million people each year and killing about 10 to 15, usually small children. In rural areas, feral and loose pet dogs often form packs that chase down and kill deer, elk, chickens, goats and even cattle.

“People don’t understand that Fido on the couch who is normally so friendly will instinctively hurt or chase big game animals,” says Tyler Baskfield, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

At Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, a ranger recently came across three feral dogs feeding on a bighorn carcass. At the nearby U.S. Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, officials have received numerous reports of dogs attacking threatened desert tortoises. In Texas, the dogs go after white-tailed deer and ground-nesting birds. But most incidents go unreported, says Villepique. “There is no reason for me to think we know the full extent of this problem.”

Many ranchers are quick to blame wolves, coyotes and grizzly bears for harassing or killing their livestock, but wildlife officials say dogs often are the culprits. Cascade, Idaho, rancher Phil Davis is all too familiar with dog trouble.

“The worst time, we had about a half-dozen dogs that packed up,” Davis says. “They were chasing steer and causing some headaches. One time, they chased a yearling steer clear into town. He finally gave up and hid in someone’s garage.”

Dogs are second only to coyotes as sheep killers. In 2004, coyotes killed more than 135,000 sheep nationwide, while dogs slaughtered some 30,000. The dogs “literally tear the hides off the animals, opening up their gut cavities and tearing up their faces,” says Peter Orwick, executive director of the Denver-based American Sheep Industry Association.

“Dogs have been our worst nemesis over the last 20 years,” agrees Don Watson, owner of Napa Valley Lamb Company in California and Rocky Mountain Wooly Weeders in Loveland, Colo. His sheep dogs — Great Pyrenees that can weigh up to 120 pounds — are effective at keeping wild predators like coyotes and mountain lions away. But dogs are relentless, wearing the Great Pyrenees down, chasing the sheep until they can no longer run and then killing them.

“The worst night I ever had, I lost 17 sheep,” Watson says, when dogs from a neighboring ranch miles away got into his Napa corral.

Each year, Wildlife Services receives hundreds of requests to trap, poison and shoot feral dogs. Still, the agency devotes most of its resources to killing wild predators. In 2006, the agency killed more than 87,000 coyotes but only 512 dogs. Hundreds more were taken to animal shelters.

In California’s San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains, officials have removed 350 feral and free-roaming dogs over the past 15 years. The dogs are difficult to catch, and trapping has been sporadic at best. Recent U.S. Forest Service budget cuts will further hamper efforts to address the problem.

That leaves local officials like Villepique groping for a solution.

As the sun breaks through the morning mist off Mount Baldy Road, Villepique recalls how the dog he saw feeding on the bighorn carcass fled to a nearby area pocked with cabins. Unable to locate the dog’s owner, he plans to work with animal control to help enforce laws that require folks to keep dogs on leashes or behind fences. He is trying to educate local residents and wants stiffer penalties for repeat violators.

And if that doesn’t work, there’s always the bear spray.

http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20080628/ASPENWEEKLY/187845116




Dog predation on Civet and Sea Turtle, Muntjac and Porcupine, and Barking Deer. Admin choice as to whether more can be posted, pics are visceral.

Here are two papers written by people who work in the same park on Feral Dogs predating civets.
http://www.biosch.hku.hk/ecology/porcupine/por24/24-vert-5-feral.htm
http://www.biosch.hku.hk/ecology/porcupine/por27/27-vert-kausaichau.htm
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Nice finds Lycaon and Canidea. I am currently trying to find an impressive account that I read a while ago about a single feral dog chasing down a coyote, and in the ensuing fight the coyote was killed.
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k9boy
Jan 18 2013, 07:02 AM
Nice finds Lycaon and Canidea. I am currently trying to find an impressive account that I read a while ago about a single feral dog chasing down a coyote, and in the ensuing fight the coyote was killed.
May have been this one?

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7jXe61ZN_z_OWNkNjMxM2QtZTA1MS00OTg5LWJhZTEtMWJhYmJhODIxYzc2/edit?pli=1&hl=en
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Yes! Thank you.
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Domestic dog feeding on zebra carcass. Its efforts to fend off the vultures was more successful than that of the single hyena. The later was uneasy about the presence of the dog until it had back of from fellow clan members.
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IMpressive little guy. Thick neck, nice sized head, good musculature. Almost like a terrier, native dog mix.

I also like the "lordly" maribou who stands above the crowd.
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Intresting, thanks for posting :)
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Mar 4 2013, 06:28 AM
Domestic dog feeding on zebra carcass. Its efforts to fend off the vultures was more successful than that of the single hyena. The later was uneasy about the presence of the dog until it had back of from fellow clan members.
I like the dogs wild intellect. Move away when the Hyena comes, go back to food source when Hyena goes away.

It appears to be an English Bull Terrier with possibly a Pointer or something similar giving it height with a thick neck.
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Sled dog kill deer
http://books.google.com/books?id=-EQhAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA125&lpg=PA126&focus=viewport&dq=wolf+predation+on+domestic+dogs&output=html_text
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http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/locals-rescue-sambar-from-stray-dogs/1075474/
http://carnivoraforum.com/topic/9998077/1/
http://www.conservationindia.org/gallery/feral-dogs-bringing-down-a-nilgai-bluebull-gujarat




http://carnivoraforum.com/topic/9805723/1/



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Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis; reptiles) and feral dogs
kleptoparasitize each other: feral dogs chase small dragons from carrion and
large dragons supplant feral dogs (Auffenberg, 1981).


http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1095-8312.2008.00954.x/abstract;jsessionid=BF4607DDDF1A012FD764AB966DA26CE7.f02t02?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false
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