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August 21, 2019 - The Washington Post

The dog is one of the world’s most destructive mammals. Brazil proves it.

The dog is one of the world’s most destructive mammals. Brazil proves it.
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Government biologist Katyucha Silva was thinking about dogs. What were they doing to Brazil?

It’s a question more researchers are beginning to ask in a country where there are more dogs than children — and where dogs are quickly becoming the most destructive predator. They’re invading nature preserves and national parks. They’re forming packs, some 15 dogs strong, and are hunting wild prey.

“It’s a difficult thing for people to hear,” said Isadora Lessa, a Rio de Janeiro biologist who wrote her doctoral dissertation on domestic dogs causing environmental mayhem. “They love dogs too much.”

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