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Unread post by Elsa » Fri Oct 13, 2006 1:16 pm

Snoobab wrote:The pics is of a stranded tourist running down the H4-1 with a pack of WD right behind him. If memory serves me correct he was rescued by the helicopter but was told that he was very lucky as they were closing in on him. He apparently did not even know they were behind him.

I guess if a person or anything runs, it could possibly trigger off the "chase and kill" reflex present in all wild animals, especially predators, and that may have been why the dogs were closing in.
He was very lucky tho. :shock:

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Unread post by Loams » Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:04 pm

saraf wrote:There was a very interesting program on BBC this weekend. A series on incredible animal journeys. This week was wild dog.

It seems that lions have an almost pathalogical hatred of wild dogs and will go out of their way to attack - not to eat but just to kill.

Lion predation of wild dogs is a chief reason why numbers are not increasing in protected areas.

No one seems to know why they attack the dogs as they do not have many prey species in common.

As previously stated, Lions will attack all competitive animals. But so will competitive animals attack Lion. Wild Dog if given a chance, and have the numbers will kill a Lion as well. I have even seen Jackal killing Leopard cubs. So they all do it. But yes, Wild Dogs don't do well around other predators, which is why their numbers have never been high
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Unread post by Peter Betts » Fri Nov 03, 2006 9:37 pm

I agree there are ongoing since the beginning of time serious wars of attrition between predators but it is 99% between predators like Lion vs Hyena etc with leopard thrown into the mix with a few opportunistic forays by Jackal as you correctly mentioned.
However in my experience Wild Dog stick to their own and hunt entirely in packs after prey species, have very loose territories so no protection of territory is required and yes they will obviously stumble on the odd leopard in their journeys and yes put them up trees as I have seen twice in my 55 years on this planet.
As a teenager when I first went to Bots in the early 60's Wild dog were VERY common in the swamps and in the brand new proclaimed Moremi.
We saw hundreds of Wild Dog in those years but once we went to drop our guide off at his village after he got his monthly Wildebeest we found over 40 wild dog tails drying in the sun.
Wild Dog numbers are not affected at all by large cats and Hyena at all but man has seen to it that their numbers have crashed especially with their habit of hunting far and wide and they come into contact with man in commercial farm land

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Unread post by Penny » Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:04 pm

I find it strange that wild dog are supposedely more predominant in areas where there are fewer lions and yet they seem to live together in fairly large numbers (both) in the Croc Bridge area so the enmity is obviously not as intense as some would suggest!

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Unread post by KNP Spokesman » Fri Dec 01, 2006 4:01 pm

Hi Mark

Since joining SANParks and moving to Skukuza, I have seen WD typically once a year. But this year has been incredible. Here are my sightings:
January - H1-1 (at least three animals, deep in the bush)
April - S3 north of the tar road crossing (4/5 animals, one with a lame hind leg which I reported to Dr Gus Mills. He told me she was the leader of the pack and had often been sighted and even caught on a number of occasions, but it is NOT a snare but an "abnormality". The rest of the pack apparently looks after her and Gus has nicknamed her "Tripod" :lol: ).
February - H1-1 near Mathekenyane (the famous "Skukuza" pack, I saw about eight animals but suspect there were MORE!).
January - S65 (I can't remember how many animals there were as WTM, W@H and JacoV kept on protruding with beltless cans of castle so I couldn't count them! :twisted: ).
November - H1-3 north of Tshokwane but south of the baobab (three animals)
November - H9 a few hundred metres away from Phalaborwa Gate (I saw seven animals but am told this pack has 14 and has been seen often).

In other words, 2006 has been an incredible WD year for me with three sightings.

I promise to write something about the WD release in the Shingwedzi area (which happened this morning) next week if you don't mind. I will speak to the Game Capture guys and post something about that project.

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Wild Dogs moved from Marekele to KNP

Unread post by Mafuta B » Fri Dec 15, 2006 9:11 am

I read in the Lowvelder newspaper that a group of seven male Wild dogs have been relocated from Marekele to KNP.

They were a bit of a problem as they kept breaking out of Marakele. Six of the dogs were released with radio collars and one with a GPS collar.

They were relleased near Shingwedzi and seem to be doing well as they were seen to the east of Shingwedzi and they had killed a nyala soon after their release. It is hoped that they can attract some "girly" wild dogs to start a new pack as all of them are males. :D

I dont have a scanner at the moment so I can unfortunately not make a scan of the article. It is a big / long article.

Hope they only go from strength to strength...

The article states that at last count their was only a 130 wild dogs in the park... 7 new ones make a big difference
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Unread post by EricExSA » Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:54 am

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Unread post by Snoobab » Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:13 am

Here are some Wild Dogs seen on the H12 in Dec 06



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Unread post by Elsa » Fri Feb 02, 2007 4:28 pm

For anyone who has not seen the pics in our trip report.
This pack consisted of 9 dogs and were on the H1-4 between the S91 and the turn off to Olifants camp.
In the heat and excitement of the moment I'm afraid these are more of less the best we got. :wink: :D



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Unread post by Muhammad » Fri Feb 09, 2007 4:50 pm

Mark,for you....seen on the S65,26.01.2007




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Unread post by wilmaw » Fri May 04, 2007 12:47 pm

We were lucky yesterday 3 May, saw a pack of 10 dogs on the H3 between Renosterpan & Afsaal. The park was fairly quiet so had them to ourselves for about 5 min. :lol:

We followed them as they moved along the road (southern direction) for about 2km when they decided to settle and lay down in/next to the road.

Next moment an elephant bull arrives on the scene and starts throwing his weight around! He kept mock charging the dogs and trumpeted, but the dogs were very relaxed and looked like "hey big guy, relaaax" and one even went and lay down in the road a few metres from the ele! Not phased at all.

Ele looked like he didn't quite know what to do at times, why weren't these dogs scared of him?

It was SO GREAT to see!! You can imagine the cars manoeuvring to avoid charging ele & not run over the dogs (God forbid).


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Unread post by Niceone » Fri May 04, 2007 1:47 pm

What a veritably scintillating sighting ! I have never witnessed a concurrence between these two species before ! I must confess I was a trifle bamboozled at the apparent stoicism in the dogs response, as one would typically postulate that they flee given the circumstance! Thank you for sharing this unique encounter !

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Unread post by wildheart » Sat May 05, 2007 8:46 am

We were incredibly fortunate to see Wild Dogs on the 9th of April 07. It was on the S106.
We were on a morning drive so I couldn't stay with them for as long as I would have wanted to. :cry:
There was only 3 in the pack.
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Wild Dog Kill +- 1 km From Berg-En-Dal : 3rd July 2007

Unread post by daver » Mon Jul 09, 2007 12:29 pm

Hi Wild Dog Enthusiasts

We have just returned from 6 fantastic days in KNP, from Letaba to Berg-En-Dal.

Last Tuesday evening, just before closing time, we were driving from Matjulu waterhole to Berg-En-Dal camp when my daughter spotted a wild dog about 30m away. As there were no other vehicles around, it became 'our' sighting, if you know what I mean. Being the quick-witted type, she started the video camera rolling.

A few seconds later, my son cried "there's another and it's got an impala!"


Huge excitement as you may imagine. We watched as the impala was brought down by the single dog.



Once the impala was down, a second dog arrived and they proceeded to devour the hapless prey.



They ate until they were almost bursting, and we found later (as mentioned by Lourens in his daily Berg-En Dal report) that on of the dogs was a lactating female, so she was eating for the pups as well!


These pics are 'screenshots' taken directly from the video, as the light was not the greatest for the still camera, but they still came out quite well.

It was an awesome sight to behold, and was the highlight of the trip.


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