Fraser dingo euthanised after biting tourist on leg

Published: August 18, 2015

A dingo that bit a male tourist was bitten on the thigh on a Fraser Island beach in the weekend has been destroyed by authorities.

The same animal, which had been fitted with a satellite tracker collar, also bit a woman on her left leg and right calf when she was taking photos on Eurong Beach, just north of Dilli Village.

The Department of National Parks said the dingo had been involved in a series of threatening encounters over the recent months, and rangers had been forced to close several kilometres of beach because of it.

Attempts were made to manage the dingo’s interactions with humans, with rangers able to track the dingo’s movements.

“Unfortunately this dingo presented an unacceptable risk and the decision was made to capture and humanely destroy the animal,” the spokeswoman said.

Fraser Island resident David Anderson told the Gympie Times that people were well aware about the aggressive dingo which snarled at visitors and displayed dominant behaviour towards people.

“There have been lots of problems with it,” he said.

• Do you think killing aggressive dingoes is the right approach? Have you ever felt threatened by a dingo? Comment below.

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Simon Stretton
6 years ago

I own Durong Dingo Sanctuary between Kingaroy and Chinchilla Qld.
I have been to Fraser Island many times and had a few dingo encounters.
Not once have I been attacked. The way you behave around dingoes is extremely important. Dingoes are normally very wary of people, inquisitive etc, but between April and August is the breeding season and a very stressful time for dingoes.
Tourists don’t realise they are trespassing into the dingoes territory and hunting grounds every time they go to Fraser Island.
Dingoes do not just rush out and attack people, but if it is the breeding season,and you appear to be near dens and pups, and if it is near the full moon the dingo will become very defensive.
If people display behaviour where there is a lot of noise or running etc , anything that will excite the dingo , well the dingo may become unpredictable.
The dingoes live and survive by instinct alone.
So to answer your question is it right to kill aggressive dingoes? My answer is NO.
Many times I have appealed to the Qld Parks and Wildlife Rangers and the Govt to capture the dingo and release it into the safety of my Sanctuary instead of killing it, but they refuse.
The dingoes are on a downward spiral towards extinction due to the management of the Qld Govt. Before long there will be no dingoes to be seen on Fraser Island unless something drastic can be done.
I have the only captive bred colony of Fraser Island Dingoes in Australia. It is extremely sad that it has come to this.

6 years ago

just leave the poor animals alone
don’t feed them
don’t chase them
don’t get in there faces with camera or watever
the last time I was there some of the operators were feeding the dingoes so there buses etc could get close
then when asked about there behaviour completely denied

Marilyn Nuske
6 years ago

I agree with Simon Stretton, it seems Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services have been trying to “manage” the dingoes for years and they are not doing a good job because they have killed off so many the breed is likely to become extinct. It is time management changed their practices dramatically before there are no longer the iconic Fraser Island Dingo, a part of the reason Fraser Island was declared a World Heritage Listed place, is the presence of the Fraser Island Dingo, a separate and unique species in Australia. The old management practices are going to bring the demise of the FI Dingo unless a fresh approach is adopted QUICKLY.

Allen Maguire
6 years ago

What many people i.e. Tourists don’t realise is when a dog appears aggressive or even nervous you should not look directly at the dog as that to a dog means to challenge it, if you glance away it is a sign of submission and may avert an attack by the dog BUT if you look at the dog through a camera lens the dog sees a VERY LARGE EYE staring him in the face and to him that is the ultimate challenge to attack. leave them alone and only photograph them from a considerable distance and all will be ok. Treat their habitat with respect. They should not be destroyed for behaviour that is provoked by not only the tourist that has been bitten but provoked in this manner probably thousands of times a year

Robyn Davies
6 years ago

I have to agree with all the above comments. As a child during the 1950s I lived with my siblings, parents and another couple at the Sandy Cape Lighthouse where my father was employed as a keeper. Living with the dingoes was part of our life. We never engaged with, encouraged or fed the resident dingoes. These magnificent, majestic, beautiful and intelligent animals lived in harmony with us. We noticed that if we respected them it was reciprocal. They had no issues with breeding the most gorgeous pups and some were not afraid of having a den close to the station. But our paths never crossed. They are supposed to be respected, preserved and treated as any other protected species in this country. The so called rangers have no idea on how to do this. However and worse still, the public are incredibly ignorant on how to treat these animals. I am sad to hear of this poor animal’s demise.


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