The context of road-use by African wild dogs highlights the importance of considering animal behaviour in conservation planning

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Briana Abrahms, Neil Jordan, Krystyna Golabek, John McNutt, Alan Wilson and Justin Brashares. Lessons from integrating behaviour and resource selection: activity-specific responses of African wild dogs to roads. Animal Conservation, DOI: 10.1111/acv.12235
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Neil Jordan

Roads are among the most widespread forms of landscape alteration globally, so effective conservation planning requires an understanding of how they can affect animal movement. Using novel GPS collar technology we found that the response to roads by endangered African wild dogs, Lycaon pictus, varied with behaviour as well as with habitat. African wild dogs selected roads when travelling, ignored them when running (mostly hunting) and avoided roads when resting. Road-use increased in denser habitats, suggesting that roads may enhance wild dog movement through the landscape. Overall, this work highlights the importance of animal behaviour in conservation planning. Click here for full publication.

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