Dept refutes claims ear tag left dingo unable to hunt
A WAR of words has erupted between the Save the Fraser Island Dingoes group and the State Government after the destruction of a dingo that attacked a woman at Eurong last month.
Geoff Brittington, the regional director for Sunshine and Fraser Coast from the Department of National Parks, refuted the group's ear tagging claims, saying it had no impact on the ability of the pup to hear or hunt.
"This animal was born in the 2012 season and first came to attention when it was rescued in November by rangers after becoming trapped in fishing line with hooks embedded in its body," he said.
The decision was made to tag the dingo because it weighed more than 10kg, the recommended minimum weight for the procedure.
"This dingo was destroyed after it attacked a visitor who then required hospital treatment for her injuries," Mr Brittington said.
The dingo campaigners issued a press release this week, claiming the dingo pup involved in the incident had been left with no hope of survival because Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers tagged the dingo's ear when he was still a pup.
The group said this effectively sealed the dingo's fate, claiming the ear tag left his ear "permanently deformed".
In the statement, the group said it was clear to them the pup would no longer be able to hunt successfully as its hearing was compromised and it would therefore be forced to scavenge from human food sources, which would lead to its destruction.
According to the group, the dingo pup was classified by QPWS rangers as being habituated (accustomed to humans) when he was four months old.