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Spatial ecology and diet of the dhole Cuon alpinus (Canidae, Carnivora) in north central Thailand

Lon I. Grassman1 / Michael E. Tewes1 / Nova J. Silvy2 / Kitti Kreetiyutanont3

11. Feline Research Program, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, MSC 218, 700 University Blvd., Texas A & M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX 78363 (USA)


32. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, 210 Nagle Hall, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX 77843, (USA)

43. Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, P.O. Box 3, Amphoe Chum Phrae, Khon Kaen, 40130 (Thailand)

Citation Information: Mammalia mamm. Volume 69, Issue 1, Pages 11–20, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: 10.1515/mamm.2005.002, July 2007

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Two adult male dholes Cuon alpinus belonging to 2 different packs were radio collared and tracked between March 2000 and October 2002 in Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand. Dholes occupied cumulative ranges (95% minimum convex polygon) of 12.0 km2 (n = 39) and 49.5 km2 (n = 62), traveled an average of 2,214 m each day (n = 27, ± 2,422 m, range 25-9,469), and were primarily active during diurnal and crepuscular periods (n = 927 activity readings, 46% active). Dhole diet using scat analysis (n = 172) and identification of carcasses (n = 14) consisted only of ungulates. Dhole range primarily included forested habitat, although some individuals also were observed hunting in grasslands.

Key Words: Cuon alpinus,; dhole,; diet,; ecology,; radio-telemetry,; Thailand.

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