Dingoes Debate. What I really said….

July 9th, 2011

While recent media reports, both on Ch 9 and within the Chronicle, do reflect SOME of what I have actually said there are some errors and a need for clarification. During General Business at the Council meeting last Wednesday I explained to my fellow Councillors what I had learned during my recent weekend on Fraser Island. I met with several scientists and DERM management staff, rangers, a consultant and other community members and this is what I told my colleagues about what I learned.

I explained that the current research being undertaken, using collars on approx 20 dingoes, will provide information not previously known about dingo behaviour. I explained that I thought the collars while cumbersome were not impeding the dingoes natural behaviour and that the evidence shows that the dingoes quickly become used to the collars. If this wasn’t the case the research would be useless. I believe that the collars are the best ones for the job and have been adapted to best meet the needs of this research on this particular animal. The collars will come off automatically after 8 months but are transmitting a signal every 2 hours. The antennas allow for GPS and radio tracking. If there is no movement of a collar over a period of time the collars allow DERM staff to locate the animal, or the collar if it has come off the animal. Being able to remotely track the dingoes without having to physically observe them should produce much better knowledge about their movements.

I have been saying for a long time now that we need to know more about our dingo population on Fraser Island so I welcome this research. It appears, to me, to be the best research undertaken on the island dingoes so far. I hope we learn enough to be able to make better decisions about dingo management and to be more convinced that the dingo population is a healthy and viable one. I also mentioned that evidence of feral cats has been discovered and that the dingo, as top predator, is essential in keeping the population of feral animals down. Also dingo scats collected show evidence that some dingoes are healthy and eating only natural prey without evidence of human provided food.

I also explained that I believe there are healthy dingoes on Fraser Island and that NOT ALL dingoes are starving. I have never, ever said that all dingoes on the island are well fed.

So to what I didn’t say. I have never said that the Dingo Management Plan is working or that I support it. I don’t support the plan and I don’t support the dingo fences of Eurong and Happy Valley and I do not support killing dingoes because they are loitering or hanging around humans. If the Ch 9 reporter and the Chronicle reporter think I did say that I support the Management Plan I believe they are mistaken and they are confusing my support for the current research with support for the management plan! Please listen again to the TV interview and realise that I say about one sentence and the rest of the report is not my words. Read the Chronicle newspaper report again. The caption under the photo is wrong as is the heading!

I’m sorry if this is confusing but I stand by my beliefs and yes I do visit the island regularly and I believe the information given to me by Mr Bernie Shakeshaft, the tracker working with DERM currently. Please don’t believe word for word anything that is reported in the media. While journalists and reporters endeavour to be accurate they work to very tight schedules and do like to make headlines. I have learned time and time again it is better to get the facts rather than believe what I read or hear second hand!

So to conclude. The collars are large and robust and heavy but they are not as heavy as to make a dingo change its behaviour over the period of time that the collar is being worn. Initially the dingo has to get used to the collar. Dingoes should be able to groom, feed, whelp and feed young while wearing the collar. If a dingo wearing a collar appears to be caught (stuck on something via the collar) or behaving in an abnormal manner (limited range of movement for example) the dingo can be located and the collar removed. The only dingoes being collared are adult and sub adult dingoes not young dingoes. I worry that there does not seem to be many identified as ”adult”  dingoes being found…  The collars are waterproof so if a dingo leaves the island it will be tracked.

While the research is not going to provide all the answers it will greatly assist us in understanding the dingoes. I want to know the answers to questions such as how many dingoes can Fraser Island comfortably support with the dingoes eating natural foods? What happens to the young pups as they grow? Do any leave the island as nature would ensure more pups are born that the island can sustain? Do they starve to death or are they killed by other dingoes?

Yes there are photos of, and I have seen first hand, unhealthy looking dingoes. Are these dingoes surplus to what the island can sustain? Are these dingoes more likely to frequent people and thereby be more readily photographed? Can we ensure that juvenile dingoes learn by being raised by wild adult dingoes? Can we ensure that an enquisitive dingo is not killed simply because he or she is learning and is interested in these two legged humans that are now found all over the island?

So to those of you who believe I support the current management of dingoes on Fraser Island…. I don’t! Do I believe all dingoes on the island are healthy.. no I don’t but I also believe nature works to ensure some dingoes will not naturally survive and grow to old age. Do I want the Fraser Island dingoes preserved? Yes! Do I believe the collars are uncomfortable… yes. But I believe the dingoes adapt and that the research will benefit the species and the discomfort outweighs the avantage to the population as a whole. Will I continue to communicate what I learn..? Yes I will. Thanks, Sue

Some good links…  http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/dingo-photo-gallery.html  This photo gallery is interesting and shows healthy looking dingoes. Sadly we don’t see these photos via the media. If you want to use them just remember they are copyright..

This is the company that has been used to develop the dingo collars. http://www.sirtrack.com/

Tried to post a pic of the collar… Will find out why it disn’t work.. Ta, Sue

25 Responses to “Dingoes Debate. What I really said….”

  1. colin riddellon 09 Jul 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I am interested to know how long this lady followed a dingo for to make the conclusion ” I explained that I thought the collars while cumbersome were not impeding the dingoes natural behaviour and that the evidence shows that the dingoes quickly become used to the collars. “How long did you personally track any dingo for to make this statement?
    Or did one of those dingo killing rangers tell you that?

  2. Sue Brookson 09 Jul 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Happy to respond. I am relying on the evidence gathered and told to me primarily by Bernie the tracker who I believe. I also believe Bernie has the very best interests of the long term survival of the dingoes at heart.

  3. Cheryl Bryanton 10 Jul 2011 at 11:17 am

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion regarding the collars but the problem is this has been a propaganda coup for DERM..Peter Chapman (Chronicle) will run with this to discredit SFID and all those who disagree with the current management of FI..

  4. Marieon 10 Jul 2011 at 12:44 pm

    “Queensland Parks and. Wildlife Service. Andrea Leverington. Assistant Director-
    Generai. Environment and Natural. Resource Regulation,was quoted as saying that these collars would be like a 60 kilo lady wearing a 3 kilo collar, see Annie Gaffney ABC radio interview. Would Sue Brooks like to try to wear this wieght collar for 8 months as the dingo is now required to do. Having spoken to many tourist and locals alike people are shocked and unhappy at this treatment of the iconic Fraser Isalnd dingo. Most are unhappy at the mismanagement by DERM and any common sense would tell you this is crulety. We have a dingo expert in Jennifer Parkhurst, she has the most experience and knowledge on the dingo’s after studying them for 7 years and she can easily track them without any need for collars. Besides that there are by far many better types of tracking devises which would be suitable for these animals is you REALLY MUST put them on. Blind freddy can see what the real problem is with the Fraser Island dingoes and its not the dingoes its human greed.! As a local along with most local we want this stopped and cease all experimentation on the Dingoes, including ,culling, trapping,colaring, hazing and ear-tagging. We want an independant scientific peer review of the current management strategy and establish an advisory committee to oversee the humane and ethical treatment of the dingoes.Ensure that rangers responsible for dingo management are suitable qualified educate and inform visitors regarding the natural attractrions of Fraser Island and correct behavior when encountering a dingo. Establish a care center for sick or injured dingoes and ensure a contiued independent monitering of all management plans implemented. It is not the dingo that needs monitoring its the present rangers and program that is now inplace which is creating this dire situation. I would ask you Sue do you want your children and grandchildren to enjoy seeing this unique magical animal in a pristne environment in the future, because right now with the gross mismanagement , however prettily it was presented to you, will result in the wiping out of these dingoes in just a few years. Please will you act for the people you represent and not for the policies now going on!?

  5. Sharon Bozwellon 10 Jul 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Although as you had said Ms Brooks, …” that some of your words do reflect what you have actually said – and there may have been some errors”; I do feel disappointed that yet again we are in the same situation with people suggesting that “not all” the dingoes on Fraser Island are starving or in poor health… and the number of dingoes are good / fine.
    I am glad to hear that unlike most politicians who have been invited to visit the island for themselves, and declined, you have at least accepted and visited.. Once again I do believe you are only getting one side to this very frustrating and sad story. We have local residents on the Island, Aboriginal elders, the committee of SFID, many well known supporters such as Mr Bob Irwin, the Late Mr Malcom Douglas, Dr Alan Wilton and even the local member, Mr Ted Sorensen and member for Noosa Mr Glen Elmes all agree that the current so called management plan is not working and the primary health and future of the Fraser dingo is not being taken into account….. Surely there is a better way to research these dingoes without putting these heavy and ridiculous looking collars onto them.. It is becoming a joke that the dingo is becoming targeted for being nothing more than “a dingo”..
    Why should the dingo be destroyed or “watched” for being curious, getting too close to humans or even being on the beach…?? I strongly believe the dingo should be the ones getting protected, and the visitors should come in second…..
    If we do not do something now to change the way these dingoes are being managed it will be too late and my children will not be able
    to see wild dingoes in the wild again….

  6. colin riddellon 10 Jul 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Does “bernie the the tracker “work for derm or the dingo? Who pays bernie ?
    I find your comments insulting and ill informed .

  7. Jorge Pujolon 10 Jul 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Dear Sue
    With all my respects, I would like to ask you, 1. did you go by yourself or were you invited by DERM? 2. Could you tell me how many fox, wolf, coyote, bengal tigers, lions, pumas etc are being tracked by that system that DERM is using? 3. Did you know the sensitivity of this canine is such that they can detect any seismic movement such as earthquake and tsunami and that this has been proved scientifically, therefore they will be interfered with by any microwave coming from the collar to their brains, (as we know today for example the damage to brains is being caused by mobile phones). 4. And finally, why do we need to study the dingo on Fraser Island (as you claim)? They are dingos on their own territory, and if we do this to the dingo, what are we going to do with the crocodile – they are killing more people than the dingo. Having been involved in a meeting with DERM and QPWS, I realise those people are not interested in protection of the Fraser Island dingo whatsoever because the tracking system was never mentioned in that meeting which was only 2-3 months ago. They could have shown us the tracking system they were planning to use.
    Kind regards

  8. Marilyn Nuskeon 10 Jul 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Sue, you hit the nail right on the head in your second paragraph …. the research will be useless because the collars are cumbersome, most likely will impede natural behaviour……
    What is your observed evidence that the dingoes quickly become used to the collars?

  9. John A Neveon 11 Jul 2011 at 8:34 am

    Sadly most comments here are emotional claptrap. This is yet another case of mankind-v-animals and yet again we will do nothing to protect the animals.
    The island makes some people money, as a result we all know what the outcome will be, extermination of the Dingo.

  10. Tateon 11 Jul 2011 at 11:21 am


    Well done on approaching the issue in an informed and rational manner.

    Photographers who feed dingo pups to get them to pose in cute positions for photos that they sell do not necessarily have the best interests of the species or indeed the individiual animals in mind. We should be listening to the researchers; the people who know what they are talking about.

    These animals are currently wild animals. Once we feed them they are domesticated. Some people would clearly prefer it this way – it is the only way that every single dingo will appear plump. Nature does not work that way. What do they think will limit the dingo population in a closed system such as Fraser Island?

    Keep up the good work Sue, it is heartening to know we have at least one sane voice on the council.

  11. Karin Kilpatrickon 11 Jul 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Dear Councillor Sue,

    If you have been misquoted perhaps you had best get a retraction? Otherwise we can only believe that the comments in the Chronicle were your thoughts and your words!

    Please tell me why Tax payers money had to be wasted buying in these collars? WE ALREADY HAVE THE VERY BEST STUDY EVER UNDERTAKEN ON THE ISLAND BY JENNIFER PARKHURST. PLEASE READ HER BOOK VANISHING ICON. Surely the Government and QPWS could have utilised Jennifer’s services in continuing her studies on the dingoes under supervision, instead of penalising her? At one point in Jennifer’s trial the Prosecution actually said it was a pleasure to read Jennifer’s material of which there was equivalent to a lifetime of invaluable data never seen before.

    These collars collect Data every 2 hours and transmit for quite some time to a receiver unit, also the unit has to be active continually otherwise the tracker would not be able to find the dingo, THEREFORE, the dingo would know that he is being tracked as they can pick up a scent for more than 5kms. Also of concern is the frequency range the units are operating on and the power output of the unit, do you know if the dingo can hear the high or low pitch frequency in their ears? if so , does this impact on their ability to hunt? One dingo has been reported as looking quite shabby and depressed since wearing the collar, what happens if ticks, or leeches get under the collar? 8 months is a long time for the dingo to be wearing these. JENNIFER SHOULD BE LEADING THE RESEARCH!

  12. Sharon Bozwellon 11 Jul 2011 at 11:54 pm

    To Tate,

    It is obvious by your comments you are not aware of the ACTUAL truth.. If you are referring to Ms. Parkhurst in your comments (re:
    photographers who feed dingoes for cute photos), I would like to make you aware that Ms. Parkhurst never fed the dingoes in the 6 1/2 years she was on the island (during which time she did photograph the dingoes). It was during a particular period for Ms. Parkhurst whom had witnessed the death of many dingoes because of starvation, dehydration and other health issues which then lead to Ms. Parkhurst (out of frustration & desperation) to feed the dingoes – and AFTER her boyfriend, at the time had already brought food and feed them first… She was never paid for any of the photos – and in fact even DERM have used the photos and footage to prosecute her and to put onto their own websites… Please don’t go around thinking you know the whole story – this lady has been thru hell and has suffered quite a lot…. If someone dedicates 6-7 years of their life to photograph and understand an animal (in this case the dingo), I would personally call them an expert…. The experts that DERM use only say what they are paid to say… It has always been Ms. Parkhurst’s first priority to understand the Fraser dingoes so the rest of the country would show an interest… Anyone can throw a collar on an animal and call themselves an “expert” and even claim the work necessary in the line of “research” – I believe, as most local residents and supporters of the Fraser dingoes – that it is much better to research an animal in as close to natural condition as possible so the behavior, health and well being of the animal is protected… As suggested above – in Ms. Parkhurst’s book – she has followed a dingo family around to watch and record the relationships and dynamics of the dingoes……. How on earth can you do that from a collar…????? You cannot…!! Do people even realize that Ms. Parkhurst did not / nor will not get any proceeds of this book…. How can a DERM “expert” have more information, knowledge and understanding than Ms Parkhurst who patiently waited for the dingoes to come to her – and win over their trust – not with food but with respect / admiration and understanding that only comes from true love and passion..!!!

  13. Sue Brookson 12 Jul 2011 at 9:54 am

    Karin I want up to date research about the entire population of dingoes and research done properly means carrying out observations remotely. Stationary cameras and the collars will provide data not ever collected before to this extent. The collars send an instant signal to a satellite every 2 hours. I am advised the dingo would not be aware of it and it is not as harmful as for us to use our mobile phones.

  14. Sue Brookson 12 Jul 2011 at 9:57 am

    I will argue to preserve the dingoes and believe the government wants this outcome also. The Government will be influenced by science and by sensible community input. Unfounded and passionate arguments while worthwhile at times, won’t help the survival of the dingo. Tourism in an important economic driver and I cannot see it being reduced purposely either. I am arguuing for more gentle visitation with walking opportunities more readily available. I have not heard of any adverse encounters by walkers on the Great Walk and the dingoes…

  15. Sue Brookson 12 Jul 2011 at 9:59 am

    I have no direct observance just commentary and one on one discussions with Bernie Shakeshaft whom I trust. He has declared he would not be involved if the dingoes were being harmed. I believe him.

  16. Sue Brookson 12 Jul 2011 at 10:37 am

    Jorge I was not invited to any other meetings. These collars are the best available for this job now. I do believe the dingoes will adapt to the collars and will be able to live normally while wearing them. The inconvenience to the dingoes wearing the collars in my mind, outweighs the benefit to this and future poulations of dingoes. The collars in my mind are a necessary thing. I wish they were not needed and hope we can advance better and less intrusive methods of tracking animals in the future. Turtles, sharks and other fauna are tracked with similar battery operated devices including the Mary River Turtle… Not nice for the animals with the tracking devices but I hope the information gained ends up helping us to protect species.

  17. Sue Brookson 12 Jul 2011 at 10:39 am

    Colin you are entitled to your opinion and I am sorry that you are insulted. I am simply trying to express what i believe… as are you. Bernie is being employed by DERM for his expertise however I believe he would not work for the Government if he thought the dingoes would be harmed. I am much more relieved that Bernie is involved than if it was simply scientists and DERM staff. His experience is invaluable. I wish we could all sit down with him as we would learn so much.

  18. Jennifer Parkhurston 12 Jul 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Sue since when was this research/information not previously known? I managed to get this information without the use of tracking collars and without using any invasive techniques for years.

    How many scientists did you meet with and exactly who were they? Who was the consultant and how many FI resident/s did you meet with? It shouldn’t need to be a secret.

    How do you know the collars actually drop off? Have you seen the statistics from past experiments? Have you spoken to the company that manufacturers them?

    Do you know what sub-adult means and are you aware that many sub-adults (9 months and thereabouts) have been collared while still growing? And that many drop-offs have failed?

    Are you able to tell me what the dingoes’ range of hearing is? The frequencies etc?

    Yes dingoes do control feral cats, and if there are more feral cats on the Island now that they are banned, where are the dingoes?

    Can you please send me the current scat studies which prove SOME dingoes are eating natural foods only?

    What university does Mr Shakeshaft work for and have you seen the ethics behind this research?

    And what did you mean by ‘can we ensure that juvenile dingoes learn by being raised by wild adult parents’ what does this question mean? That dingoes don’t know how to raise their own young?

    We certainly CAN NOT ENSURE that an inquisitive dingo is not being killed simply because he or she is learning, and interested in humans! Have you read the incident reports? Do you think loitering (whatever that means) should be a code C offence?

    Sue the discomfort does not outweigh the advantage if the 20 collars put on adult dingoes are put on the only adult dingoes that we have! Especially if the females are pregnant. Why are all 20 collars not deployed yet?

    Are you saying our arguments are unfounded and passionate, as if being passionate is a bad thing? Passion does save species. Without passionate people I would hate to think what this world would be like.


    Do you really believe that by feeding a wild dingo one could mesmerize it to behave exactly as you want it to, so you could take a photo? And can you tell me exactly where I am selling my photos and making so much money? And why have you brought me into this debate? If you had any knowledge you would know that all my photos were taken prior to and separate to feeding any dingoes, in fact, I spent 6 years watching them perish from starvation and ear-tagging etc, before I finally caved and fed them.

    My data is relevant. If it was not, DERM would not be boasting about the fact that they have stopped tagging puppies, they would not have admitted that tagging damages the ears, can cause adults to kill puppies, amongst other things, and they would not have stooped hazing.. or have they?

    FI dingoes have never been truly wild. Not according to the Butchulla people. Or don’t you believe in their version of history?

  19. Sue Brookson 12 Jul 2011 at 5:16 pm

    The information is new research and the large numbers of dingoes being remotely tracked over the entire island has not been done before to this scale to my knowledge. Observing one pack of dingoes is very good research but this research goes way beyond that. But it will still not give us all the answers we would like. I was attending the first joint meeting of the newly formed SAC, IAC and CAC committees of which I am now a member of CAC. I met several scientists over the weekend from varous disciplines. Some information is privvy to them and I am not going to infringe other peoples privacy. I speak publicly about the information that I am personally privvy to. The consultant is Mr Bernie Shakeshaft. I am also in contact with residents and members of the FIA regularly. I have handled the collars and had their working explained to me. Data previously collected from using similar collars with the same method of releasing shows a tiny percentage of failures. I do not know of these collars ever being used before in this environment so don’t know how you know that they don’t release as designed. No collars are designed to release for 8 months so none of the collars being fitted now should be releasing yet. Trials show a small non release result I am informed. When the collars don’t drop off the dingoes can be located by the tracking equipment and the collars removed manually. I have posted the company details previously and no not spoken to them but to the consultant who is using them together with DERM staff. The collars are designed to accomodate dingo growth and also changes to the thickness of the dingoes coat due to seasonal fluctuations in coat thickness.
    I don’t know the range of dingoes hearing but believe it would be considerable allowing them to avoid being seen by us if they so choose. And of course to locate and hunt prey. Mr Shakeshaft appears to hail from the University of life. I often prefer that education. I didn’t enquire about his education level! He has examined scats and tells me that there are scats showing nothing but natural prey being eaten by some dingoes. I don’t think loitering or inquisitive behaviour should be punished. Unless we research across the island we don’t know how many dingoes we do have. This research won’t even tell us for sure what numbers we have but it will help a lot in better understanding where the dingoes travel and what their range is etc. The collars are to be used on the dingoes throughout the island and will be deployed as suitable dingoes are located. This research is in its early days. I don’t believe pregnant females are being targetted but rather males. But if no females were included yet again the research would be less sound as we would expect differences in behaviour between female and male dingoes. I believe passion is essential and am passionate also about all wildlife and natural habitat which we are hungrily destroying for the almighty dollar profit! But I refrain from personally attacking and deriding people who don’t agree with me. I also mean that I hope dingo pups can be taught how to behave by happy adult dingoes. I worry that if the adults are being killed then we have no natural pack leaders to teach the youngsters. I had no knowledge feral cats were in numbers on the island and agree that the dingoes would be assisting in keeping feral cat numbers down. Hope this answers your questions I have tried my best, Sue

  20. Jennifer Parkhurston 12 Jul 2011 at 7:10 pm

    No one is attacking anyone personally Sue, we are just trying to get answers.

  21. Sharon Bozwellon 12 Jul 2011 at 8:13 pm

    For what it’s worth I do find it funny that DERM’s “experts” are allowed to be educated from the university of life and have no official
    qualifications – however when Ms. Parkhurst tried to have civil discussions with the likes of DERM and other departments, was quickly
    told that she was no “expert” and didn’t have the appropriate degrees / education……….. Surely the fact that people care enough about
    the dingoes, can see things are wrong and not working, and can offer some suggestions or data to contradict some power’s that be, that would be enough…..!!!!
    At the end of the day the Fraser Island dingo should be the focus; the well-being and the future, not whether someone has gone to university and received a degree and whether they were officially paid for their “research / data”…….. The only difference I can see here
    is that Ms. Parkhurst did not get paid (not that she was asking), didn’t receive any support, or shared information, was treated like a traitor for having her own views / opinions (not to mention the trial etc ) and was not even giving the opportunity to discuss her concerns & findings with what she faced and saw on the island…..!!! Very Sad…

  22. sharkfinon 14 Jul 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Even if we had a brain-snap and decided to start feeding the dingos hamburgers and chips as some people propose i dont believe they would ever be happy because you could never get to the situation where every one of the dogs fits the fat image they have. it is an isolated population over here – they cant easily move on. if we feed them the population it will definately increase but there will still be the same proportion at the margin of the population unless we continually bump up the food shipped over here but that will just increase the population… and so it goes.
    any wild animal population will expand to 105% of its limit with the sad and obvious impact on that 5% – it happens with all species but is just more clear with dingos for those people who can more readily identify with them as they take the form of domesticated pet dogs

  23. Marie-Louiseon 15 Jul 2011 at 11:51 am

    Having spoken to many , many tourists and locals here on the Sunshine Coast, that do daily tours to Fraser Island, they are outraged and horrified at the cruelty of these collars inflicted on the dingoes, when most intelligent people know there are better options available. And what about the hazing and trapping of the dingoes??? And what about the starving of the dingoes??? what excuses can be made on the continual animal cruelty.
    Sadly Australia now has such a bad wrap on saving and caring for its wildlife , environment and flora.
    this presents such a bad image to the tourists and any negative publicity will impact on the tourist industry.
    to not provide good care and good management of these animals is so short sighted, it can be such a great Australian experience to see this animals happy living in their own natural habitat as is done all over the world, in laces such as Canada , America and some African National Parks. How short sighted is DERM, and they have no right to deny future generations the joy of seeing these Australian iconic animals which is their right, not DERMS to push the Fraser Island dingoes to extinction which we know they are at present doing??? As a Hervey Bay – Fraser Coast , councillor you really have a responsibility to the people and environment of your area.

  24. Danon 15 Jul 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I agree with marie-louise’s post, Australia is a laughing stock of the world when it comes to wildlife we would have to be one of the only countries in the world that kills its native wildlife for “getting the way of humans lives” not just dingoes but everything kangaroo’s and sharks just to name a few. we should be protecting our wildlife not killing them if they get in our way. and we should also be able to enjoy our wildlife and interact and learn to live with them as they have been forces to accomodate us in thier home.
    imagine if africa killed thier animals every time they went near humans or attacked someone they would have no wildlife left if we keep going they way we are we will have no native wildlife we will have to go overseas just to see our native animals

  25. Johnon 07 Sep 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I’m not sure where these people get there “facts”. Dingoes ARE NOT shot for being curious. That is just utter crap. Dingoes are destroyed because they attack, the last was after Easter 2011. The ones that attack have lost their fear of humans because of idiots feeding them making them more dependent on hand-outs. They become lazy, hungry, frustrated and dangerous.
    As for the crazy comments about feral goats and horses feeding the dingoes for 200 years. What happened for the 1000’s of years before that. It’s just what an iconic National Parks needs, Feral Goats and Feral Horses roaming around.

    The Scrub dingoes never look for hand-outs which is why they haven’t caused problems to hikers on the great walk. They have a fear of humans and stay away. They are out there, the tracks are everywhere. They don’t eat fisherman’s scraps, they don’t eat sandwiches handed to them out of car windows, they look for and find their own food. Dingoes on the Island will be around for many many more years to come.

    Anyway, compared to animals like Tassie Devils and the Platypus, dingoes aren’t true natives anyway, just a dog evolved into what it is now, a dog.

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