Wild dog management 2010 to 2014 – National landholder survey results

Wild dogs (including dingoes, feral domestic dogs and hybrids) and foxes are considered major pests in a significant portion of mainland Australia, because of their attacks on livestock. This has a detrimental effect on the agricultural sector, landholders and their families and the environment and is a complex problem being faced by landholders and others in their communities. Regional management groups play an important role in cost effective action to manage wild dogs across the landscape, particularly in terms of landholder participation and collaboration.

This report follows an ABARES study for Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) that examined the nature of groups undertaking wild dog management and the support they may need in future to achieve effective management (Ecker et al. 2015). This study adds further knowledge on collective action in invasive species and natural resource management by examining temporal and spatial change in the impacts and management of wild dogs. It combines results from two national surveys of sheep and cattle landholders, conducted in 2014 and in 2010. It is the final phase in a research package funded by AWI, ‘Wild dog management in Australia—a landscape approach to management, including pests, people and place’.

The objectives of the project are to:

  1. examine landholders’ perspectives on changes in wild dog problems and severity, personal and financial impacts, control methods and attitudes to management, between 2010 and 2014.
  2. provide further understanding of factors influencing wild dog management group functioning and effectiveness, from the perspective of landholders involved in wild dog management groups.

The survey implemented in 2014 was based on a similar survey undertaken by ABARES in 2010, to enable longitudinal change to be assessed; and was expanded in order to explore group functioning and effectiveness. The survey was developed in consultation with AWI, to inform development of programmes and strategies supporting communities affected by wild dog problems. The target population for the survey—sheep and cattle industries in wild dog affected areas—represents 17 per cent of total Australian farms in these industries. The survey response rate was 46 per cent (n=1010), which provides coverage at the national level that is statistically representative of the target population.

Author Bill Binks, Robert Kancans and Nyree Stenekes
Year 2015
Place published Canberra
Publisher Department of Agriculture
Department Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)
Pages 83
ISBN/ISSN 978-1-74323-243-9

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