Easter influx for Fraser leads to dingo warning

Fraser Island dingoes.
Fraser Island dingoes. Rachel Manssen

THE busiest time of the year is coming up for Fraser Island, and both rangers and a wildlife protection group are calling for tourists to take care around dingoes and other wildlife.

The Save the Fraser Island Dingoes Group said Easter was a perilous time for wildlife on the island, particularly the dingo.

"The concentration of tourists, particularly at certain popular sites, is likely to result in dingo encounters which are then recorded as incidents and, unfortunately, animals are still being destroyed," the group said in a statement.

The group said it was concerned more staff were needed on the island during Easter to manage tourists.

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokeswoman said more visitors at Easter coincided with more dingo activity on the island.

"The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is responding with increased patrols, and rangers will be out and about speaking to visitors to make sure they are aware of the dingo safety messages," she said.

The Save the Fraser Island Dingoes Group said flora would also be impacted, with overuse of sites and tracks.

Dingo safety tips

  • Always stay close to children
  • Camp in fenced areas when possible
  • Do not run or jog on the island
  • Lock up food stores and iceboxes

Topics:  busy dingo easter fraser island holiday warning

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