Three Wild Dog Group Case Studies: A Meta-analysis

  • Tanya M. HowardEmail author
  • Theodore R. Alter
  • Paloma Z. Frumento
  • Lyndal J. Thompson


In this chapter, we investigate some of the common themes that emerge in the wild dog group case studies. These include:
  • The emotional dimensions of wild dog management—how positive and negative emotions influence a community response to wild dog threats.

  • The capacity of an affected community to act—how different models of decision-making, levels of support from government or industry, skills and financial resources in the affected community, and the ability to influence policymakers, shape the community response.

  • The importance of leadership and community structure—in particular, the role of a willing leader and supportive members; the creation of shared experiences and a common purpose; and characteristics of determination and persistence.

  • The role of power and influence—the successful community groups were able to access important information and share it, breaking down power imbalances, and empowering their members.

  • Naming and framing the issue—developing a shared understanding of the problem was essential to creating a shared vision for action; groups were more successful when they ‘owned’ the problem of wild dog management and co-created the solutions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tanya M. Howard
    • 1
    Email author
  • Theodore R. Alter
    • 2
  • Paloma Z. Frumento
    • 2
  • Lyndal J. Thompson
    • 3
  1. 1.Australian Centre for Agriculture and LawUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.Center for Economic and Community DevelopmentPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Education and TrainingUniversity of New EnglandCanberraAustralia

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