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Golden Jackal (Canis aureus)

United States Pckts Offline
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( This post was last modified: 08-05-2018, 12:50 PM by Ngala )

Hedayeat Ullah‎ 

(10 May 2018). Loc: Nakhanda Barpeta.

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(07-28-2018, 03:16 AM)Pckts Wrote: Hedayeat Ullah‎ 

(10 May 2018). Loc: Nakhanda Barpeta.

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Very nice first time I see one like it
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( This post was last modified: 12-24-2018, 03:12 PM by Sanju )

The unmistakable evening howls of the golden jackal just outside Palpur Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh in India. Visibly larger than the African jackal, they are rather wolf-like and we were privileged to watch them feeding on a carcass that was (noisily) scavenged by about 30+ vultures just moments later.

credits by @clairetrickett
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( This post was last modified: 01-09-2019, 01:04 PM by Sanju )

big round of applause Like  for the jackal

He just singlehandedly got the adult impala's neck in the air (that scene was highlight) and didn't give a second to escape, destroyed its wind pipe, killed it. really rare. Other jackal didn't give much support.
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Golden Jackal takes on Europe

There are 1,17,000 golden jackal in Europe, according to a recent assessment by IUCN. This is a huge number of animals to go relatively unnoticed by the European public, especially in comparison to the wolf, whose population is approximately only 17,000 in Europe.

How has the golden jackal expanded so quickly through Europe without gaining attention?

Also read: Get Ready For The Golden Jackal

How has the Golden Jackal taken over Europe?
The golden jackal has travelled from the Balkans to Western Europe, and is now expanding into areas outside its former distribution area, such as in France and Denmark. How it is spreading so fast, and what effect it will have, are important questions that we currently do not yet have answers for.

For example, part of the reason behind its quick expansion could be its flexible diet. A golden jackal eats whatever is available – everything from meat to plants, insects and human food waste. Whilst they are a large predator, they do not tend to attack livestock.

Quote:Instead they prefer smaller prey, or scavenge on preyed animals they come across.

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Golden Jackal-Wolf Relationships
Another interesting question that scientists are researching, is the effect of the golden jackal on the wolf, and vice versa. The wolf and golden jackal are competitors for some similar food sources.

However, the wolf is much larger than the golden jackal, and so golden jackals generally avoid areas where there is already a strong wolf presence, such as Germany.

In general, the wolf restores balance in nature, and so it prevents the over-expansion of golden jackals in an area. On the other hand, in areas like the Baltic, Hungary, Bulgaria, the number of wolves is relatively low. The golden jackal populations there, are large, and continue to grow.

In some countries, people have listed the golden jackal as a pest, and hunt hundreds, if not thousands, per year.

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This huge expansion of the golden jackal population has been enabled because the wolf was nearly eradicated in Europe. And now that the wolf is naturally returning to its former distribution area, it occupies the public's attention.

This allows the golden jackal to expand its population and range without being noticed. Where there is a healthy wolf population, there is scope for a healthy golden jackal population, and a balanced ecosystem.

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United Kingdom Sully Offline
Ecology and Conservation

The golden jackal keeps surprising us. Just recently, the first golden jackals reached Finland. Now, a photographer caught an individual on camera at record-high altitudes last April. Back then, Dionigi Colombo was hiking on the slopes of Mount Motto, close to Livigno in Italy. From a distance, he witnessed a golden jackal exploring the snow-covered terrain. The observation is unusual, as researchers usually assume that golden jackals avoid regions with low temperatures and long snow-cover. The Golden Jackal Informal Study group in Europe (GOJAGE) published the news on their website recently.

Expanding territories above and beyond?

Colombo captured the golden jackal on camera at an altitude of approximately 2350 meters above sea level. This is at least a new record altitude for Italy.
Scientists estimate that the Italian population of golden jackal is currently in a favourable conservation status, with 7 new reproductive groups. More details on the golden jackal population development and this observation will be shared during the 5th Seminar of Alpine Ecology early October.
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