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Fraser Island rangers increase dingo patrols

REPORTS of a dingo behaving "aggressively" near Eli Creek and the Maheno wreck on Fraser Island has led to an increase in ranger patrols, a Queensland Parks and Wildlife regional manager says.

According to the Save the Fraser Island Dingo Group, backpackers were seen playing with a dingo at Eli Creek.

One of the backpackers suffered a minor injury while playing with the dingo, it was alleged.

A ranger watching what happened was allegedly heard to comment that he would "shoot" the animal.

Mark Cubis, regional director for Sunshine and Fraser Coast from the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, denied that was the case.

He said rangers had increased patrols after the reports of an aggressive dingo, but that was to make sure visitors were aware of an increase in dingo activity in the area.

"There is no evidence this week that the dingo is continuing to act aggressively," he said.

"Rangers continue to monitor dingo activity in this area and wish to advise visitors to be particularly vigilant."

Topics:  dingoes, fraser island, patrols, queensland parks and wildlife service, rangers




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