Bad dog! Threatened animals have a bone to pick with our best friends

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An international study, led by Australians, found domestic dogs have severe and negative impacts on a large number of threatened species across the world, and have pinpointed the regions that are most at risk. The team says our best friends have contributed to the extinction of 11 vertebrates, and are a potential threat to at least 188 more, and Australia has been impacted more than most. They say the damage comes mostly from predation, but our pooches also disturb wild habitats, transmit diseases, compete with the locals and even interbreed with closely-related species such as wolves.

Journal/conference: Biological Conservation

Link to research (DOI): 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.04.007

Organisation/s: Deakin University, The University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University


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