The black-backed jackal is represented in rabies records from southern Africa and is suspected of playing
an important role in the disease in this region. The basic biology of the species suggests that it does have
certain characteristics that could make it an ideal rabies vector. However, the enigmatically low incidence
of rabies in undisturbed jackal populations suggests that more subtle processes may be involved. It is
suggested that jackal society is arranged in the form of cryptic packs and that disruption of the hierachy
through persecution may increase agonistic encounters and thence the incidence of rabies. Suggestions
are made for the incorporation of the jackal in rabies control programmes without resorting to extermination.
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Proceedings of a workshop held at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, South Africa, 3-5 May 1993