Sometimes wildlife find themselves living amongst and successfully adapting to human distirubed landscapes. This is particularly the case at mining operations in remote Australia, where resources (such as food and water) are readily available to dingoes. This has impact on their population, and their behaviour.
The Smith CoEx lab has been working with a mine site in the Great Sandy Desert (Western Australia), looking at the behaviour and diet of dingoes living among the mine. We are also looking at the human dingo interactions at the mine, and the perceptions of mining employees to the dingoes.
Smith, B., Vague, A-L., & Appleby, R. (2018). Attitudes towards dingoes (Canis dingo) and their management: A case study from a mining operation in the Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia. Pacific Conservation Biology. doi: 10.1071/PC18049
Smith, B., & Vague, A-L. (2017). The denning behaviour of dingoes (Canis dingo) living in a human-modified environment. Australian Mammalogy, 39, 161-168. doi: 10.1071/AM16027.