Ecology of Stray Dogs: A Study of Free-Ranging Urban Animals

Ecology of Stray Dogs: A Study of Free-Ranging Urban Animals

by Alan M. Beck


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557532459
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Dr. Alan Beck is the Dorothy N. McAllister Professor of Animal Ecology at Purdue University. Before coming to Purdue, Beck directed the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society at the University of Pennsylvania and was director of animal programs for the New York City Department of Health.

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Editionvii
Preface to the 2002 Editionix
1.The Baltimore Study1
The Study Areas1
Field Methods3
2.The Ecology of Free-Ranging Dogs4
Land-Use Patterns16
Home Range18
Food and Water22
Social Organization32
3.Public Health Aspects45
Dog Bite45
Dogs and Rats51
Feces and Urine53
Diseases Associated with Dogs59
4.Recommendations for Urban Dog Control70
Literature Cited84
Fig. 1.Telephone calls to the Animal Shelter for retrieval of stray dogs and unwanted dogs6
Fig. 2.Dogs and people observed on the streets13
Fig. 3.Four activities of "Shaggy" and "Doberman"14
Fig. 4.Home range of "Shaggy" and "Doberman"19
Fig. 5.Length of life of free-ranging dogs in Baltimore38
Fig. 6.Dogs, pups, and cats received by the Animal Shelter43
Fig. 7.Dogs and cats held at the Animal Shelter for 10-day observation after biting human beings49
Table 1.Land-use patterns for specific behaviors17
Table 2.Frequency of group sizes in stray dogs33
Table 3.Sources of mortality36
Table 4.Life table for free-ranging dogs37
Table 5.Some indices of animal shelter activity over a 3-year period42

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