Day Of The Jackal

Golden jackals are often seen as a pest, blamed for the death of livestock and wild animals as they move from south-central Eurasia into northern Europe, but it has been found that they are only eating the carcasses and remains left by people.

The stomach contents of six hundred and six golden jackals that had been shot or killed on roads were analysed and it was found that most of the jackals’ diet was made up of the skin or intestines of domestic or wild animals discarded by farmers or hunters. They also ate small rodents – which are crop pests.

Based on estimates of Europe’s total jackal population, this wrongly maligned canine may remove thirteen thousand tonnes of animal remains and one hundred and fifty-eight million rodents every year, a service that would cost over one and three quarter million euros.


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