Cattle predation by the golden jackal Canis aureus in the Golan Heights, Israel

Yoram Yom-Tov, Shoshana Ashkenazi, Omer Viner

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Abstract

About 1·5%-1·9% of the calves born in the Golan Heights die due to predation, mainly by golden jackals Canis aureus, and the total damage during 1993 was estimated at about US$ 42,000. Most attacks occur within 2 days after delivery, and male calves are more likely to be attacked than females, probably because they are heavier and more difficult to deliver. The high predation rate is a consequence of the artificially large population size of jackals, which is a result of food provided by humans in illegal garbage dumps. Farmers try to reduce the damage to cattle by illegal poisoning, thus affecting wildlife in the Golan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-22
Number of pages4
JournalBiological Conservation
Volume73
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

Keywords

  • Canis aureus
  • Golan Heights
  • Israel
  • calves
  • golden jackal
  • poisoning
  • predation

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