Campaigner says Fraser Island dingoes are still starving
- 3rd May 2013 8:26 AM
THE sight of a thin dingo at Hook Point on Fraser Island has caused distress among residents and tourists, according to a dingo campaigner.
But Fraser Island area manager Ross Belcher said the sight of a thin juvenile dingo was quite normal during the dingo mating season, between March and June each year, as the animals started to find their own territory and food.
Marie-Louise Sarjeant said the dingo had recently been seen seeking food from a tourist on the island, describing it as “starving, terribly emaciated … with despair and desperation in her eyes”.
A photo of the dingo was sent to her from a concerned resident, Ms Sarjeant said.
The Sunshine Coast woman said the resident had also contacted the RSPCA.
“Visitors and tourists are very disturbed by what they see,” she said.
“The starvation of puppies and adult dingoes is obviously still going on after years of anger from the public.”
Mr Belcher said it was common for young dingoes to lose weight immediately after leaving their dens as they learned to hunt.
“No visitors or residents have expressed concerns to QPWS staff about this issue,” he said.
Fraser Island dingoes
- The Fraser Island dingo is believed to be one of the last few pure strains of dingo remaining in Australia
- The dingo population on the island is estimated to be about 300
- Wild dingoes can live for up to 10 years