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Dingo was deliberately hit, group says

A dingo on the beach at Fraser Island.
A dingo on the beach at Fraser Island. Contributed

WITNESSES to a dingo being run over and killed on Fraser Island have told the Save Fraser Island Dingoes group that it was deliberate.

SFID publicity officer Cheryl Bryant said distressed witnesses stated the dingo was deliberately targeted - the driver sped up and swerved towards the animal.  

She said the organisation had been told the dingo was not approaching the vehicle and could have easily been avoided. 

Ms Bryant said another driver who pulled up after the incident, followed the vehicle and took the registration number.

She said the person responsible was questioned by police at the barge landing. 

"He apparently said it was accidental and did not stop because he was afraid of the tour group who were nearby observing the dingo," Ms Bryant said. 

"This seemed to satisfy the authorities."

She said it was difficult to understand the inaction of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service when so many witnesses had come forward.

"A full investigation should be undertaken," Ms Bryant said.

"A similar incident occurred September last year without anyone being held accountable.

"Tour operators  have noted the alarming increase in dingo deaths due to vehicle strike over the past couple of years, and with QPWS reluctant to prosecute, it will only continue.

On Friday, a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokeswoman said investigations were continuing but on the information QPWS rangers had received up until that point, there were no grounds to suggest the incident was a deliberate action.

The Chronicle understands there is no police investigation after a Hervey Bay Police spokesman said no incident report had been logged.

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