Population ecology of free-ranging urban dogs in West Bengal, India

  title={Population ecology of free-ranging urban dogs in West Bengal, India},
  author={Sunil Kumar Pal},
  journal={Acta Theriologica},
  • S. K. Pal
  • Published 1 March 2001
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • Acta Theriologica
A population of urban free-ranging dogsCanis familiaris Linnaeus, 1758 was studied in Katwa, West Bengal, India. The analysis of changes in the density of the dog population over a period of 4 years revealed a considerable stability of this population. Mean (±SD)2 seasonal population density was 185±19 dogs/km2, ranging from 156 to 214 dogs/km2. A sex ratio of 1.37∶1 in favour of male was recorded in this study. High mortality (67%) occurred under the age of 4 months, and 82% mortality occurred… 

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