By D.V. Girish
This is an image I took of domestic dogs chasing a sambhar fawn in Singsara river in Kudremukh National Park.
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.
Dogs also harbour several diseases that can be deadly not only to humans (such as rabies) but to wild carnivore species as well. Dogs are known to transmit diseases such as canine distemper virus (CDV) and canine parvovirus (CPV).