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11 July 2005 @ 09:31 am
Dholes are threatened with extinction mostly because of the human attitude towards this animal. A naturalist (in 1940s) once called them "pests of the forest" for whatever reason and people were actually rewarded by the government for every dhole killed till as recently as 1972!!!

Anyways, these guys just look and act like our pet dogs only that these can kill a tiger if they want to!

Dhole dash!

A Dhole couple

Reflections in the rain

Time for a short nap

cold stare

IdahoSwedeidahoswede on July 11th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC)
They did this in the United States with both the wolf and the coyote (basically wild dogs), where they were considered pests to livestock. What they didn't realize until almost too late is that the coyote especially didn't kill many domestic animals, but it hunted more of the small true pests, like mice and rats and rabbits, which DO do a lot of damage to farmers' crops. The farmers still hate the wolves and yes, they do kill a sheep every now and then, but they are necessary to the balance of nature.
Yathinyathin on July 11th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC)
Yep, I remember reading somewhere that some 5 or 6 species of wolves in North America became extinct during the last century.

Surprisingly, I've not heard about Dholes picking up livestock. Out here, leopards pick village dogs and sheep on the edges of the forests.
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on July 11th, 2005 06:19 am (UTC)
What often happened in the past was coyotes especially would pick young lambs soon after birth and they also would occasionally take a sick or crippled sheep, but normally, there is enough food in nature so they don't target domestic livestock. And they are great scavengers of already dead animals. They will take cats, however, as will foxes.