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DINGO - THREATS

Dingoes are threatened by persecution, habitat loss and wild domestic dogs.

Persecution

Dingoes are a native animal under Federal law. Individual State laws declare the dingo and wild dogs are a pest to be managed on private and/or public lands.

Control methods do not discriminate between a dingo and a wild dog. Control methods include poison baiting, trapping and shooting.

Habitat loss

With an increasing human population, humans move further into ideal dingo habitat. The buffer zone between domestic dogs and dingoes is reduced. This increases the interactions between dingoes, established wild dogs and roaming domestic dogs.

Wild domestic dogs

Dingoes can and will breed with domestic dogs producing cross breeds. The offspring are fertile allowing the break down of the genetic and behavioural integrity of the true pure dingo.

This represents a highly significant threat to the long term persistence of dingoes.