oa Madoqua - Past and present distribution and status of the wild dog Lycaon pictus in Namibia

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



The wild dog Lycaon pictus has undergone an extensive reduction in range and numbers in the southern African subregion in recent years. Little information is available on its distribution and status in Namibia. Results from a questionnaire survey show that wild dogs have become highly restricted in their distribution and that numbers are decreasing. This species is now the most endangered large mammal in Namibia and nowhere is it adequately protected in this country. Wild dogs cause minimal domestic stock Iosses but are aggressively hunted wherever they occur in livestock farming areas.

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