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Conservation status of the dhole Cuon alpinus in north-east India, with a focus on Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram

  • Priya Singh (a1), Arjun Srivathsa (a2) and David W. Macdonald (a3)

Abstract

Despite the efforts invested in their conservation, the status of many threatened carnivores in key conservation landscapes remains unknown. The dhole Cuon alpinus is an Endangered social carnivore whose geographical range has contracted by c. 80% since the early 20th century. North-east India is a critical link between South Asian and South-east Asian dhole populations. In this study we compiled presence records of dholes across north-east India, from multiple sources. We also conducted camera-trap surveys in one part of this region, Dampa Tiger Reserve in the state of Mizoram. We examined the influence of ecological and management factors on fine-scale site-use by dholes in Dampa Tiger Reserve, showing a positive association of dhole site-use with sambar Rusa unicolor encounters, distance to the forest boundary and presence of forest department personnel, underscoring the importance of prey and protection. Our findings also highlight the need for targeted, multi-scale assessments of dhole ecology across other sites in north-east India.

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(Corresponding author) E-mail asrivathsa@ufl.edu

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Also at: School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, and Wildlife Conservation Society–India, Bengaluru, India

Supplementary material for this article is available at https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605319000255

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Conservation status of the dhole Cuon alpinus in north-east India, with a focus on Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram

  • Priya Singh (a1), Arjun Srivathsa (a2) and David W. Macdonald (a3)

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