WCS – India’s earliest research (since 1995) on the dhole (Cuon alpinus) focussed on issues such as patterns of prey selectivity, diet activity patterns, interspecific interactions and the factors that allow the species to coexist with other large carnivores in the tropical forests of southern India. These questions were addressed using a variety of methods including scat analyses, kill studies and direct observations of known individuals and packs.
Since then, we have examined patterns and determinants of dhole occurrence at landscape scales, including their historical and current distribution across India. A more fine-scale investigation of dhole occupancy patterns in the long term sites within Western Ghats of Karnataka was also conducted and found that loss of forest cover and grazing are affecting dhole populations. It was found that protected areas offer some hope for the canid.