To investigate the effects of free ranging livestock guardian dogs on four large herbivores and one mesopredator
Type of Study:
livestock guardian dogs may provide similar ecological functions to those that in many areas have been lost with the extirpation of native large carnivores
presence and location/home range of the Maremmas
In pastoral areas, livestock guardian dogs can function as a surrogate top-order predator, controlling the local distribution and affecting behavior of large herbivores and mesopredators
north-eastern Victoria, Australia
Response variable :
Pellet counts, Camera traps photos (occupancy).
10 pellet count transects at 4 sites. 25 cameras
north-eastern Victoria sheep grazing.
van Bommel L. & Johnson C. N. (2016) Livestock guardian dogs as surrogate top predators? How Maremma sheepdogs affect a wildlife community. Ecology and Evolution, 1-11.