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Study: Feral dogs – not wolves – more likely to kill sheep

[large thumbnail url=”study-feral-dogs-not-wolves-more-likely-to-kill-sheep” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”25″] [thumbnail icon url=”study-feral-dogs-not-wolves-more-likely-to-kill-sheep” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”25″] A study carried out in the Basque Country suggests that wild dogs, not wolves, are the primary killer of sheep.

According to an article posted on Basqueresearch.com:

By studying the excrements of what appeared to be wolves in the Basque province of Alava and environs, two researchers of the Euskadi Wolf Group at the Doñana Biological Station have found out what animals are preyed on by wolves. According to the article, published in Animal Conservation journal, in this region European wolves feed 70% on roe deer and wild boar and only 3% on sheep.

However, not the same has been observed in wild or uncontrolled dogs. In fact, a number of the excrements analysed correspond to dogs, and it has been verified that 36% of the cases contained sheep remains.

The article goes on to explain the conflicts between sheep owners, the government and conservation agencies, which you can read in full here: Wild dogs eat sheep more than wolves, according to a study made in the Basque Country

If you wish to read the full document: etude_espagne_loups_chiens (PDF)

One Response to “Study: Feral dogs – not wolves – more likely to kill sheep”

  1. DeviouslyDagmar

    Wild dogs also kill more humans than wolves even come into contact with… funny how there are no people out hunting feral dogs with such passionate hatred.

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