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Local Group Raises Concerns About Dingo-Interbreeding On Fraser

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Save Fraser Island Dingoes Incorporated has raised concerns that there may be some inter-breeding within Dingo populations on Fraser Island.  

President Malcolm Kilpatrick raised the issue after a little boy was taken from a camper trailer outside of a designated camping area over the Easter long weekend.

He said he was keen to see studies done on the Fraser Island Dingo to fully investigate the decision by the State Government to routinely euthanase the animals when a human is bitten or taken, as we have seen more recently.  

He said his group had also raised concerns about inter-breeding with the Department of Environment and Science.

He said 'sibling mating' is usually a very bad sign of something going wrong with the system "it's them trying to stay alive".

Mr Kilpatrick said the Government's static estimate that there are around 200 or 300 Dingoes on Fraser Island is really blown out. He said he's travelled 1,300km of the Island over four days but said they haven't seen anywhere near that number.

He said "now is the time to pull together" to keep these animals on the Island. He said they know from forestry days the animals were fed bat feeding stations set up away from the resort and camp grounds.

Mr Kilpatrick said we know Dingoes can catch their own fish, but they're being prevented from getting onto the beach to fill their bellies.

It comes after the State Government launched a 'hazing' program after the QPWS took control of management of the island.  That saw Dingoes cruelly killed the second they set foot on a beach.  

Hazing was only carried out at certain times of the day, but that begs the question, how does the Dingo know what time of the day to stay of the beach without losing its life?

Mr Kilpatrick also said he doesn't want to see a repeat of backpackers sticking sausages in their mouths and encouraging a Dingo to eat it for a photo opportunity.

The Department of Environment and Science has been contacted for comment.

By Michelle Price