There has been another serious dingo attack on Queensland’s Fraser Island (K’gari).
The incident happened yesterday morning, when a 23-year-old woman was reportedly chased by four dingoes into the ocean near Orchid Beach , on the north-east side of the island,.
She was flown from the island to hospital in Hervey Bay, after suffering injuries to the lower half of her body. She is in a stable condition.
The ABC reports that the woman was initially jogging along the beach and then ran into the water, with at least two of the dingoes following her.
Queensland Ambulance Service officer-in-charge of Hervey Bay station, Matthew Steer, told the ABC that a bystander came to the woman’s rescue and helped her out of the water.
“She was lucky that he was there to be able to help her,” he said. “She has multiple dog bites and a couple of significant, long lacerations … she was quite upset — it’s been a very traumatic ordeal for her.”
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) said the full details of the incident are not yet known, and it will conduct an investigation.
Senior ranger, Linda Behrendorff, told the ABC that one of the dingoes involved in the attack had a GPS collar.
“It is an animal that has a high-risk potential,” she said.
Ms Behrendorff said rangers were watching the dingoes ahead of future decisions.
“Lethal mitigation is a last resort,” she said. “Our job is to mitigate risks through education.”
The attack is the latest in a string of dingo incidents on the island.
Last month, a boy was attacked and held underwater before being rescued, and a different dingo was euthanised after attacking a French tourist while she was sunbathing.
Residents and visitors to the island are advised to Be Dingo-safe
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