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We've got you collared

Dingoes on Fraser Island have been monitored thanks to a GPS device on their collars.
Dingoes on Fraser Island have been monitored thanks to a GPS device on their collars. Rachel Manssen

THE CRYPTIC patterns of Fraser Island dingoes have being recorded in a new study set to be released later this year.

A Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) spokeswoman said preliminary results of GPS-tracking collars showed several dingoes involved in the study did not travel to beaches, towns or tracks unlike most of the population.

The joint DERM and University of Queensland study used collars which took GPS satellite reading every two hours over eight months before releasing from the dingo's neck on a pre-programmed date.

A DERM spokesman said retrieval of the released collars had been progressing well.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers were also collecting dingo scats as they retrieved the collars, in order to analyse dingo diet, weed presence and signs of feral animals as the third stage of the study.

A spokesman said the first stage of the study had been conducted last year and found an estimated population between 100-200.

Save Fraser Island Dingos spokeswoman Karin Kilpatrick said the group's own estimate of the dingo population was closer to 70.

SFID hopes to build a relationship with the new LNP government to ensure the future of the dingoes.

"We still want to have a wildlife study," she said.

Mrs Kilpatrick said the group's main concerns were the hunting abilities of younger dingoes after the loss of the pack mentality.

She said the impact of a loss of other wildlife on the island had also hurt the population of dingoes.

Analysis of the data collected by the collars will be used in an independent audit of the Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy later this year.

Topics:  dingo, fraser island, tracking, wildlife



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