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Bay chef mauled by dingoes kept in hospital

A YOUNG chef remained in hospital on Wednesday night as Fraser Island rangers continued to search for a dingo pack responsible for an attack near Happy Valley.

Hervey Bay's Dane Allan was walking on the beach alone, outside the fenced township, when he was set upon late on Monday night.

The 25 year old managed to fend off three dingoes while a fourth apparently approached but ran away.

He was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital suffering numerous bites and scratches.

A Queensland Health spokesman said Mr Allan continued to undergo specialist treatment but remained in a stable condition.

While many attacks have been attributed to Happy Valley dingoes in the past, long-term resident Bree Jashin said it was the first time she had heard of a serious incident in the area.

She said the island's dingoes were becoming "more aggressive" - a sad development she believes is symptomatic of gradual domestication bought on by tagging - but stressed personal vigilance.

"Dingoes are naturally inquisitive," Ms Jashin said.

"The best thing to do is to ensure you never walk the beaches alone and remember these are wild dogs."

Topics:  attack, chef, dingoes, fraser island, happy valley, hervey bay



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