Free-Ranging Dogs and Wildlife Conservation

Hardcover | November 14, 2013

EditorMatthew E. Gompper

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Dogs are the world's most common and widespread carnivores and are nearly ubiquitous across the globe. The vast majority of these dogs, whether owned or un-owned, pure-bred or stray, spend a large portion of their life as unconfined, free-roaming animals, persisting at the interface of humanand wildlife communities. Their numbers are particularly large throughout the developing world, where veterinary care and population control are often minimal and human populations are burgeoning. This volume brings together the world's experts to provide a comprehensive, unifying, and accessible review of the effects of dogs on native wildlife species. With an emphasis on addressing how free-ranging dogs may influence wildlife management and native species of conservation concern, chaptersaddress themes such as the global history and size of dog populations, dogs as predators, competitors, and prey of wildlife, the use of dogs as hunting companions, the role of dogs in maintaining diseases of wildlife, and the potential for dogs to hybridize with wild canid species. In addition, thepotential role of dogs as mediators of conservation conflict is assessed, including the role of dogs as livestock guardians, the potential for dogs to aid researchers in locating rare wildlife species of conservation interest, and the importance of recognizing that some populations of dogs such asdingoes have a long history of genetic isolation and are themselves important conservation concerns. A common theme woven throughout this volume is the potential for dogs to mediate how humans interact with wildlife and the recognition that the success of wildlife conservation and management efforts are often underpinned by understanding and addressing the potential roles of free-ranging dogs indiverse natural ecosystems.Free-Ranging Dogs and Wildlife Conservation is aimed at professional wildlife and conservation ecologists, managers, graduate students, and researchers with an interest in human-dog-wildlife interactions. It will also be of relevance and use to dog welfare researchers, veterinary scientists, diseaseecologists, and readers with an interest in the interface of domestic animals and wildlife.

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Dogs are the world's most common and widespread carnivores and are nearly ubiquitous across the globe. The vast majority of these dogs, whether owned or un-owned, pure-bred or stray, spend a large portion of their life as unconfined, free-roaming animals, persisting at the interface of humanand wildlife communities. Their numbers are p...

Dr Matthew Gompper is a Professor of Mammalogy in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, USA, and also directs the university's Program in Conservation Biology. His research focuses on the interactions of free-ranging dogs and wildlife, as well as the ecology and conservation of diverse species of mammalian car...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:November 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199663211

ISBN - 13:9780199663217

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Luigi Boitani: ForewordMatthew E. Gompper: Introduction: Outlining the Ecological Influences of a Subsidized, Domesticated Predator1. Matthew E. Gompper: The Dog-Human-Wildlife Interface: Assessing the Scope of the Problem2. Euan G. Ritchie, Mike Letnic, Christopher R. Dickman and Abi Tamim Vanak: Dogs as Predators and Trophic Regulators3. Abi Tamim Vanak, Christopher R. Dickman, Eduardo A. Silva-Rodriguez, James R. A. Butler and Euan G. Ritchie: Top-dogs and Under-dogs: Competition between Dogs and Sympatric Carnivores4. Michael A. Weston and Theodore Stankowich: Dogs as Agents of Disturbance5. James R.A. Butler, John D.C. Linnell, Damian Morrant, Vidya Athreya, Nicolas Lescureux and Adam Mckeown: Dog Eat Dog, Cat Eat Dog: Social-ecological Dimensions and Implications of Dog Predation by Wild Carnivores6. Darryn Knobel, James R. A. Butler, Tiziana Lembo, Rob Critchlow and Matthew E. Gompper: Dogs, Disease, and Wildlife7. Jennifer A. Leonard, Jorge Echegaray, Ettore Randi and Carles Vila: Impact of Hybridization with Domestic Dogs on the Conservation of Wild Canids8. Ryan H. Boyko and Adam R. Boyko: Dog Conservation and the Population Genetic Structure of Dogs9. Kurt VerCauteren, Michael Lavelle, Thomas M. Gehring, Jean-Marc Landry and Laurie Marker: Dogs as Mediators of Conservation Conflicts10. Deborah A. (Smith) Woollett, Aimee Hurt and Ngaio Richards: The Current and Future Roles of Free-ranging Detection Dogs in Conservation Efforts11. Jeremy Koster and Andrew Noss: Hunting Dogs and the Extraction of Wildlife as a Resource12. Kelly K. Miller, Euan G. Ritchie and Michael A. Weston: The Human Dimensions of Dog-Wildlife Interactions