Asiatic Wild Dog


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Asiatic Wild Dog

 

(Cuon alpinus), a predacious mammal of the family Canidae. Body length, up to 110 cm; tail length, 45–50 cm. It differs from the common wolf in having no last lower molar. The general coloring is rust-red; the underparts are lighter. The Asiatic wild dog is distributed from Tien-Shan and the Altai to the Far East and, in the south, to Java and the tip of Hindustan and Indochina. In the USSR it is found in the Pamirs, Dzungarian Alatau, Tarbagatai, the Southern Altai, the southern slopes of the lablonovyi and Stanovoi ranges, and in the southern Ussuri region. An extremely rare species, it lives in the mountains and hunts in packs for its prey, which includes deer, mountain sheep, goats, and roe deer.