Dingo hater illegally and callously poisoned 6 on Fraser Island
To State National Parks Minister, Steven Miles
How many QPWS rangers have been prosecuted for shooting Fraser Is. dingoes? Especially in 2001. Does starving Fraser Is. dingoes to death, count as killing them?
I see that dingoes can be fed bait, s. 40 Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.
What if I want to entice a dingo out into the open to take a photo, and give him a feed. I.E. bait him. What is the definition for ‘bait’?
Colin Candy, Childers Q 4660
Six dead dingoes found on Fraser Island showed signs consistent with poisoning before their deaths, preliminary test results show.
The dingoes’ carcases, including one that was buried in a shallow grave, have been recovered from around the island’s Orchid Beach area since Friday and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has launched an investigation into the matter.
The weapon used, it is understood, was sodium monofluoroacetate (1080).
According to animal liberationists the use of this chemical causes a protracted and agonising death but authorities say it is a target-specific poison and its use has become widespread. It is registered in Queensland for the control of wild dogs, feral pigs, rabbits and foxes.
Save Fraser Island Dingoes spokesman Ray Revill said the six dingoes could be related.
“There’s a strong possibility it’s a family of dingoes from the Eurong area – one of them was tagged,” he said. “I don’t know what their mentality – it’s probably a strong hatred of dingoes. There are people around who do have a strong hatred,” he said.
“Each and every one of these dingoes presented with the same pathology that was consistent with poisoning, each one had human-sourced food in its stomach and each one was a young, healthy dog with no other signs of serious injury,” Dr Miles said.
Queensland National Parks Minister Steven Miles said
“The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will pursue all avenues in this investigation to establish just what has happened and who is behind these killings.
“Any individuals found to be involved can expect to be pursued to the maximum extent possible under the law.”
Dr Miles said anyone with information should contact police on (07) 4127 9150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The maximum penalty for killing dingoes on a protected area is $353,400 or two years’ in jail but in this case other penalties could potentially apply.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services regularly kill dingos that behave “aggressively”. The latest incident involved a 19-year-old tourist being bitten on the thigh at the beach at Eurong Township on August 16 last year. The month before, a woman was bitten on both legs by the same dingo while taking photos on the beach. The 2013 Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy Review details that there were up to 100 dingo attacks recorded between 2002 and 2012.
Considering that Fraser Island is the last stronghold of pure Dingoes, it seems that QPWS is more interested in human whims rather than understanding dingo behaviours, and being able to maximise tourism. More should be done to protect, feed, promote and separate the animal/human contacts.