The dingo (Canis familiaris dingo) is a primitive canid related to wolves and coyote. The dingo was not a part of the ancestral fauna of Australia. Though its origins are not clear, it is thought to have arrived in Australia 3500-4000 years ago.
It is the largest mammalian carnivore remaining in mainland Australia, and as such fills an important ecological niche. Females weigh about 12 kg and males 15 kg.
The dingo has been regarded as a serious predator of domestic stock since early European settlement in Australia. Information about the control of dingoes is available from the wild dog page on this web site.
The dingo is a Class 2 declared pest animal.
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