WCS – India’s earliest research (since 1995) on the dhole (Cuon alpinus) focussed on issues such as patterns of prey selectivity (between different species of prey as well as between age-sex classes within species), diet activity patterns, interspecific interactions and the factors that allow the species to coexist with other large carnivores (tiger, leopard) 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. We have also examined food habit studies of dholes in Central Indian landscape and other select sites in India where they co-exist with tigers and leopards.
More recently, we have started examining patterns and determinants of dhole occurrence at landscape scales, including their historical and current distribution across India. Also, a more fine-scale investigation of dhole occupancy patterns in the long term sites within Western Ghats of Karnataka is underway.