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Fears for Dingoes as Australia's Wild Dog Faces Extinction

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, extinction )

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Yet despite its ferocity, the dingo - shown by fossil evidence to have been in Australia for at least 3,500 years may be in a fight for its own survival, with some fearing that interbreeding with wild domestic canines could see it become extinct.

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Ruth C (87)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 8:03 am
Why don't they leave ALONE!

paula eaton (30)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 8:08 am
I agree with Ruth.

Marek O (28)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 9:19 am
So sad..

Thanks Cher.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 9:51 am
Same problem as with my Scottish Wildcats ~ interbreeding with domestic cats. The dingoes will lose their unique identity through interbreeding.

pam w (139)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 10:11 am
Domestic animals gone feral will ruin an ecosystem.

This is yet ANOTHER reason to keep domestic cats indoors, along with dogs, birds, etc.

Lona G (80)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 1:13 pm
Such a pity that dingoes didn't have enough time to completely evolve into a separate species so that interbreeding with feral domesticated dogs is still possible. And now another species goes extinct just because we interfered with the ecosystem... such a shame.

Kate Kenner (215)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 3:51 pm
And someday they'll be sorry for what they did. Too bad they aren't smart enough to see that now. Stupid people. With every article I read tonight and every petition I sing I am more fed up with people and I was pretty disgusted before I started.

. (0)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 3:53 pm
It's often shocking to read about Australia's indifference to their native animals.

Elizabeth M (65)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 5:07 pm
Keeping the dingoes' genetic integrity ensures one of Australia's top order predators maintains its place in the ecosystem keeping feral dogs, cats and foxes at bay.

"We don't breed dingoes as pets by any means at all," she stresses. "They don't make good pets, they are a wild animal. It's like trying to own a crocodile in captivity."
Thank you for sharing Cher.

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 5:35 pm
Noted, thanks.

Karen Chestney (112)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 6:03 pm
Thanks for this article. I was not aware that "Dingos" were so close to extinction. I can see how breeding with wild dogs would quickly dilute the gene pool. I would guess an average litter at about 6 with a death rate of 2%. Given survival rate would favor females....each litter would then equal 3 litter producing females.....quickly diluting the gene pool. further. Bye Bye Dingos.!

Connie O (44)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 6:21 pm
oh, that's sad.....

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 7:47 pm
Preserve and protect all species of planet earth.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 9:00 pm
Hopefully extinction will never happen!

Sonali G (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 2:34 am
Just like the Scottish Wildcat. They reckon that there are no pure bloods left. It's not good news that once again human interference has pushed another species to the brink.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 5:11 am
Treasure other lives like ours

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 8:44 am
It's all sad.

Sara P (55)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 11:30 am
Stupid humans :(((((
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