Dingo moms typically have five babies although more have been recorded. Colors can vary in the litter ranging from the standard reddish brown to white and black and tan and they are not independent until around eight months of age.
Dingo numbers are decreasing and they are hybridizing with feral dogs. The yellow represents pure dingo distribution. There are only around 10,000 "pure" dingos by some estimates but that is up for debate. The Alpine dingo subspecies is endangered.
There are rare instances of dingo attacks on humans. Domestic dogs attack people far more than dingos and in fact there are more attacks by certain breeds annually in the U.S. than recorded dingo attacks in the last 100 years in Australia. All predators have the potential to attack which is why they should never be fed or approached.
Yes, poison is used to reduce dingo numbers. We oppose the use of poisons as a predator control. Other methods are better for getting specific livestock killers and don't kill mothers, babies and entire populations in regions.
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Dingos are incredibly smart canids and in fact have been documented using tools. Researchers at Melbourne's Dingo Discovery and Research Centre have published a paper about this finding. Dingos in captivity constantly impress keepers with acts as smart as the most intelligent dog breeds.
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