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Dingo incidents lead to humane destruction

17 August 2015

A male dingo has been humanely destroyed on Fraser Island following a number of aggressive incidents.

QPWS rangers had been closely monitoring the dingo which was fitted with a satellite tracker collar after it had been involved in a number of threatening encounters over recent months in the Eurong area.

QPWS made the decision to humanely destroy the animal after it bit a 19-year-old male tourist on the thigh on the beach in front of Eurong township on Sunday morning, 16 August 2015.

This follows an incident last month when a woman was bitten on her left leg and right calf by the same dingo while she was taking photos on the beach just north of Dilli Village.

The dingo was fitted with the satellite tracking collar in mid July after rangers were forced to close several kilometres of beach as a safety precaution following the dingo’s involvement in a number of threatening encounters.

The collar contains new satellite tracking technology that provides increased polling times so that rangers can get timely data on the whereabouts of problem dingoes. This allows rangers to get a better understanding of dingo movements and allows them to quickly respond to possible human interactions if the dingo being tracked moves too close to camp sites or high use visitor areas.

Unfortunately this dingo presented an unacceptable risk and the decision was made to capture and humanely destroy the animal.

While this action improves visitor safety in the area, people are encouraged to remain vigilant and report any negative dingo encounters to a QPWS ranger or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68) as soon as possible.

Visitors to Fraser Island are reminded to be dingo safe at all times:

  • Always stay close (within arm’s reach) of children and young teenagers
  • Always walk in groups
  • Camp in fenced areas where possible
  • Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction
  • Never feed dingoes
  • Lock up food stores and iceboxes (even on a boat)
  • Never store food or food containers in tents, and
  • Secure all rubbish, fish and bait.

For more information go to Fraser Island dingoes.

Last updated
17 August 2015