Gov't open to idea of using dingo facial recognition

THE State Government is open to using facial recognition technology to identify dingoes on Fraser Island, instead of the current controversial ear-tagging system.

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service representative said a study being done by Professor Brian Lovell was being closely monitored by the Fraser Island Dingo Working Group.

"We already have smart phone-based human recognition available," Prof Lovell said.

"If we had the funding and interest, we'd love to develop a smart phone app for dingoes so the public and tourists could also help with the population monitoring."

The group consists of scientists from the Queensland Government, from the University of Queensland, Griffith University and the Sunshine Coast and from the RSPCA.

The QPWS representative said the Fraser Island Dingo Conservation and Risk Management Strategy stated that one of the government's approaches is to review trapping and ear-tagging practices to enhance efficiency and animal welfare.

Save Fraser Island Dingoes released a statement this week supporting the use of facial recognition technology and adding that ear tagging was detrimental to the health and wellbeing of animals.

According to Right to Information documents from December 2011, rangers on the island noted some dingoes had been tagged while under 10kg and under six months of age, in breach of the code of conduct.

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