Golden jackal or Indian jackal is the most widespread wild canid in the Indian sub-continent. Jackals are generalists that inhabit a wide range of habitats, from dense forests to urban cities. Although they are mostly scavengers, jackals occasionally hunt small- to medium-sized prey.
Population Trend: stable IUCN • least concern CITES • appendix III WLPA • schedule II
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• Habitats •
TROPICAL DRY FORESTS
DRY OPEN HABITATS
TROPICAL WET FORESTS
• Distribution •
Estimated occupancy of golden jackals across taluks/tehsils in India
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Conservation score: 69 | Grade: B
Golden jackal populations are likely stable in India. But they are threatened by road-related mortality, competition with and disease-risk from free-ranging/domestic dogs, and poaching for illegal trade of body parts.