Coordinated regional groups are an effective method in taking on the wild dog challenge in Queensland. It’s not a new concept, but one Queensland group has proven that good communication and using information collected by the group to make more informed decisions can effectively take control of dog problems.
The South Dog Action Working Group (South DAWG) was formed in May 2012 near Longreach and the 60 dogs killed over the past three years is proof of the success of landholders working together.
The group was formed by concerned landholders to assist with communication, responses to wild dog sightings and the formulation of a more effective, cooperative and proactive program. The South DAWG group operates with minimal outside assistance and without the motivation of the landholders, the group wouldn’t exist and more importantly would not be as effective.
It’s made up of 37 properties with 25 owner occupiers. While mixed sheep and cattle operations make up the majority of the group’s enterprises, there are also several cattle only operations who participate.
To read more about the South DAWG group, click here.