Wild dog action: step 3

Develop a plan of action
planThis step turns stakeholders’ definition of the problem and their  ideas about measurable objectives and goals into a plan of action.  The aim of this process is to achieve agreement on actions, including  any reactive action that may be required.

The earlier steps  addressed why stakeholders are going to take action. Now is the  time to discuss and agree upon key issues of who, what, when and  where, with regard to undertaking specific actions. Stakeholders  must estimate how much time and money the actions are expected to cost.

Using agreed objectives as the guide, stakeholders should record the  details of their proposed actions in a table and draw them on a  map. Choosing the right person for the task is important for the  plan’s success, so it should be considered carefully. He/she will need  to agree to do it, and their family or their boss might also need to agree. A key principle here is to ask, not assume.

Consider the following questions as a guide for formulating an  action plan:

Tom and Danielle with sandplotWhat can be done?

  • strategic management — proactive actions to prevent problems occurring
  • reactive management — responding to problems that have occurred
  • a combination of both approaches

Where is management to be done?

  • public lands
  • private lands
  • lands with absentee owners

Who will organise the management?

  • ‰‰ state government staff
  • contractors
  • landholders and managers
  • wild dog management groups

When is management to be done?
Strategic (give timeframe, target dates or triggers)

  • strategically timed
  • regular
  • occasional
  • ongoing
  • once-off

Reactive (identify triggers)

  • immediately
  • later

What type of monitoring is to be done? (Identify who will keep records and how and when they will provide these to other  stakeholders)

  • Pest - Wild Doglivestock damage records
  • dog sighting records, dogs shot or trapped
  • DNA samples
  • time spent planning and conducting management
  • money and other resources used on control
  • animal abundance or activity records (native animals as well as pests)
  • number of baits laid and taken, or traps set

What actions are to be taken?

  • fencing
  • baiting — ground or aerial?
  • trapping
  • shooting — organised drives/ ambushes /howling
  • livestock guarding animals

What plans involving neighbouring groups does this plan link in with?

  • wild dog control groups
  • fox control groups
  • Landcare groups
  • other (regional or state plans, biodiversity/pest strategies)

Guides to help develop a wild dog management plan:

Last updated: November 27, 2014