Urban Dingoes (and hybrids) and Human Hydatid Disease (Echinococcus granulosus) in Queensland, Australia

Urban dingoes are known to occur along most of  the Australian eastern seaboard but are particularly common  in Queensland  coastal  cities  and  towns.  Urban dingoes  cause  significant damage  to domestic pets  and  livestock  and present  four serious  threats  to  human  health  and  safety:  attacks  on  humans,  attacks  on  domestic  animals,  zoonotic  disease  transmission  to humans,  and  the  psychological  and  emotional  trauma  to  affected  residents.   I  have  begun  to  monitor  urban  dingoes  in  three metropolitan and  regional Queensland coastal cities using GPS datalogging collars  to determine habitat use by dingoes  in urban communities,  assess  their  reliance on bushland areas, and  evaluate  their potential  role  in  the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, including human hydatid disease (caused by the parasitic tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus).  Similar to urban predators on other continents (e.g., red  foxes and coyotes), I found urban dingoes to have smaller home ranges  than their rural counterparts, exhibit flexible habitat  requirements  in  a  resource-rich urban  environment,  and potentially have  a pivotal  role  in  the  transmission of E. granulosus to humans in built-up areas.  Some challenges of urban predator and zoonotic disease management are discussed.


Urban Dingoes (Canis lupus dingo and Hybrids) and Human Hydatid Disease (Echinococcus granulosus) in Queensland, Australia (209 kb PDF)

Secondary title 22nd Vertebrate Pest Conference (USA)
Author Ben Allen
Year 2006
Section pp 334-338
Region QLD