Feral Dogs Bringing Down a Nilgai (Bluebull), Gujarat

by Vickey Chauhan
Vickey Chauhan

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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that India alone is home to 25-30 million domestic dogs. When such high numbers of dogs include even a small amount of wildlife in their diet, collectively they can have a serious impact.

I had gone on a routine birding trip to Gandhinagar, Gujarat in Nov 2011. We were surprised to find around five feral dogs attacking an adult Nilgai or bluebull (Boselaphus tragocamelus) when it came near a water body to drink water. By the time I saw them they had almost killed the antelope, and 15 more dogs were waiting on the shore for their share. I have seen dogs feeding from a bluebull carcass earlier so they must be regularly hunting them.

Dogs behaving like predators are a real threat to wildlife in many ways. I have seen them chasing waterfowl and blackbuck during the monsoon near Ahmedabad.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that India alone is home to 25-30 million domestic dogs. When such high numbers of dogs include even a small amount of wildlife in their diet, collectively they can have a serious impact.

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Vickey Chauhan
Vickey Chauhan is an Ahmedabad-based practicing chartered accountant who frequently visits Indian forests to photograph wildlife.


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