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Title: Distress vocalisations in wild dogs
Contributor(s): Nolan, Huw  (author); Brown, Wendy  (author)orcid ; Ballard, Guy (author); McDonald, Paul  (author)orcid ; Laegel, Telishia (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Acoustic location and identification technologies have the potential to be valuable tools for ecologists and ethologists, enabling animals in remote environments to be located and identified (Huetz and Aubin 2012). Because the acoustic properties of the environment influence sound propagation, some mammals adjust the usage and/or structure of their vocal signals accordingly. We tested if wild dogs similarly adapted calls to suit their environment. We analysed spectral (such as frequency and amplitude) and temporal (such as call length) components of vocalisations recorded from trapped individuals. Dogs were trapped at three markedly different sites: New England, NSW, characterised by thick eucalyptus forests and gorges; the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, characterised by high levels of anthropogenic noise and low lying cane fields; and the desert of WA characterised by low spinifex vegetation and a sandy substrate. While data collection is ongoing, we have early indications that the structure of wild dog vocalisations differs across sites. Understanding the differences in vocalisations of wild dogs in varying environments is vital to the success of remote acoustic monitoring and improved wildlife management.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: AVPC 2014: 16th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference: Management of vertebrate pest animals across the landscape, Brisbane, Australia, 26th - 29th May, 2014
Source of Publication: 16th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference 2014 Program and Abstracts (Abstracts: 10B - Rabbit impacts and management), p. 122-122
Publisher: Biosecurity Queensland
Place of Publication: Brisbane, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 060801 Animal Behaviour
070207 Humane Animal Treatment
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 310901 Animal behaviour
300306 Animal welfare
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 839901 Animal Welfare
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 109902 Animal welfare
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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