Wild dogs Inskip Point must go: conservationist

A conservationist wants wild dogs in the Inskip Point recreation area put down to protect the black-breasted button quails.
A conservationist wants wild dogs in the Inskip Point recreation area put down to protect the black-breasted button quails. Contributed

A CONSERVATIONIST claims wild dogs in the Inskip Point recreation area should be removed to prevent further damage to the black-breasted button quail.

Former president of Birds Queensland Mike West said the dogs should be removed to stop them harming other quail nests south of Inskip Point.

"Those dogs are still there and there's no reason why they haven't touched the other population," he said.

"They do have to be put down.

"I don't see any reason for them to be there at all because they're not a pure dingo."

He said authorities should trap the animals.

"If they catch them and it turns out they are pure dingoes then they could be relocated," Mr West said.

He said the quail population at Rainbow Beach would also come under threat from development.

"People came from all over Australia to see this bird and at Inskip Point it was so tame."

He said there was nothing the government or the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service could do to save the last quail at Inskip Point.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection threatened species director Wolf Sievers said the government was aware of the issue in the region.

Topics:  conservationist dingoes inskip point quail wild dogs

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