I've talked about the social impact of wild dogs before. But again today I was in a meeting where the impact was described in one district in northern NSW. From 19 sheep producers, only 2 are left. It is not viable to farm sheep in the district. But these are not wool producers - I tend to find some people react "ah well, wool prices are down, people have exited the industry for years...". These were fat lamb producers. The claim was that it was just the dogs forcing people out - they sell out; move to cattle; lease to tree production.
It struck me again how bad the emotional toll is. When I've moved jobs, it's been a big deal for my family. There is a lot of emotional capital tied up in one's job. But farming is much more than a job. And I've never been forced to change jobs (yet). It really is a big issue for those impacted.
There is no simple solution. Some people claim we should just vastly increase the amount of baiting to kill more dogs. But dogs do play a role in the environment and a "kill 'em all" approach won't work. We actually need to manage our native dog, the dingo, for conservation (then again, it only arrived 3-5,000 years ago, so is it really truly native?). Wild dogs are usually a hybrid of dingo and dog nowadays, and they have grown bigger due to hybridization in the past decades. Dingoes breed once annually, dogs twice.
I think wild dogs are going to continue to cause enormous headaches for years. The best solutions to date have been cooperative control programs. Just food for thought.