How to Identify Wild Dog Signs

Appearance

African wild dogs are easily identified by their unique, painted coat patterns that feature black, white, and tan colors. They have large, circular ears that enable them to detect noises from kilometers away. Their white, flag-like tails help communicate their location with other members of the pack. They stand taller than most domestic dogs and have a lean and streamlined body shape.

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Tracks

African wild dog tracks look similar in many ways to domestic dog tracks. They have four toes and two lobes on the foot pad. Nail marks are always present. Overall, the shape of the track is rectangular. Download the document below for further details on how to identify African wild dog tracks and distinguish between other common Waterberg predators.

Predation

African wild dogs are carnivores. They predate mainly on small- to medium-sized ungulates. Their most common prey in the Waterberg is impala, bushbuck, and klipspringer. To avoid other large predators stealing their kills, wild dogs have adapted to eat quickly. After they are finished, there are hardly any remnants of the carcass.

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