The effect of relatedness and pack size on territory overlap in African wild dogs.

Full citation: 
Jackson, C., Groom, R., Jordan, N.R. & J.W. McNutt. (2017). The effect of relatedness and pack size on territory overlap in African wild dogs. Movement Ecol. 5:10
Author/s associated with the CES: 
Neil Jordan

The degree of territorial overlap between neighbouring African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) packs varies greatly, yet the role of factors potentially affecting this remain unclear. We used movement data from 20 pack dyads to calculate the extent of territory overlap, finding that related neighbours had significantly greater levels of peripheral overlap and spent significantly more time in overlap zones than did unrelated packs. Pack size appeared to have little effect on overlap between related dyads, yet among unrelated neighbours larger packs tended to overlap more onto smaller packs’ territories. This spacing may affect the carrying capacity of protected areas, and have important management implications for intensively managed populations of this endangered species.

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