Dingo warning issued to tourists taking Fraser Island break
WITH Easter Crowds expected to flood to Fraser Island in coming days, Queensland Parks and Wildlife have warned tourists to stay safe around the island's dingoes.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Fraser Coast Area Manager Ross Belcher said the Easter break coincided with the dingo mating season from March-May.
"Adults compete to mate and will fight to protect their territory, and some dingoes can also try to dominate humans," he said.
"In addition to our usual patrols and monitoring of dingo activity, rangers will be visiting campsites regularly to provide advice, and QPWS will send an extra safety reminder via SMS to campers.
"We urge families with children to camp in fenced campgrounds at Central Station, Dundubara, Lake Boomanjin, Dilli Village, Waddy Point or the newly fenced K'Gari campground."
Mr Belcher said dingoes were not like domestic dogs.
"Dingoes are wild, unpredictable animals, and anyone who ignores QPWS warnings are putting themselves at risk," he said.
Mr Belcher said people who fed dingoes or left food available could face on-the-spot fines of $330 or court penalties of up to $4400.
Dingo safety tips
- Children must be supervised at all times and never left alone.
- Walk in groups
- Never feed dingoes
- Lock up food stores and iceboxes
- Pack away food scraps and
- Store fish and bait correctly.
Visit the National Parks website for more information.