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Thus, the government spent millions to make the fence bigger and protect the precious fertile land against dingoes.
Researchers at the University of New South Wales wanted to find out if limiting the number of dingoes on one side of the Dog Fence has created such changes in the area’s landscape.
Purebred dingoes are rare because of widespread interbreeding with domestic dogs.
Roughly 2,000 years ago, the thylacine was likely driven to extinction on Australia's mainland by indigenous human hunting and competition from dingoes (wild dogs).
Most of India’s street dogs are about two feet tall, short-haired, curly-tailed, trim but not scrawny, and descended from an ancient breed related to the Australian dingo.
But on the opposite side, there was just one dingo with some 3,200 kangaroos happily hopping about, unchecked by pesky predators.
The winner: Sandy Maliki, a pure-bred Australian desert dingo.
Exactly what precipitated the fight between the dog and marsupial is unclear, although Festa-Bianchet says kangaroos are used to contending with dingoes, which often prey on them.
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An Australian wild dog, the dingo was apparently introduced from Asia 5,000–8,000 years ago. It has short, soft fur, a bushy tail, and erect, pointed ears. It is about 4 ft (1.2 m) long, including the 12-in (30-cm) tail, and stands about 24 in (60 cm) high. Its color varies between yellowish and reddish brown, often with white underparts, feet, and tail tip. Dingoes hunt alone or in small groups. They formerly preyed on kangaroos, but now feed mainly on rabbits and sometimes on livestock. Through competition for resources, they contributed to the extermination of the Tasmanian wolf and Tasmanian devil on the Australian mainland.
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