Sunday, October 3, 2010

Call of the Wild

Photo: Fairfax Images

Good Weekend
Sydney Morning Herald
2 October 2010

Pest, menace, killer ... for an animal so little understood, the dingo has a bad reputation. But new research is showing how man and Australia's wild dog can more happily coexist. Erin O'Dwyer tracks the mystery on our doorstep.

The greater blue mountains world heritage area rises soft and blurry beyond the Sydney metropolis. On a clear day, you can see the city from its ancient sandstone ramparts and hear aeroplanes banking. How wild can it really be?

Very wild indeed. Its southern section (an area of 220,000 hectares that has the Great Western Highway as its northern border) is home to about 60 packs of dingoes. Ground-breaking re­search by University of Western Sydney researcher Brad Purcell reveals that it is the largest dingo population so close to civilisation.

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