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Hunt continues for 'dangerous' dingo on Fraser

Great Sandy Strait manager Ross Belcher says rangers are continuing their efforts to capture a dingo that has behaved dangerously towards Fraser Island visitors.
Great Sandy Strait manager Ross Belcher says rangers are continuing their efforts to capture a dingo that has behaved dangerously towards Fraser Island visitors. Valerie Horton

THE HUNT for a dingo blamed for attacking three children on Fraser Island in September continues.

The dingo has eluded rangers since it was accused of lunging at two children, aged two and six, and then trying to bite a 16-year-old girl at the Cathedral Beach campground.

Nicknamed Inky, Butchulla elders Mally Clarke and Frances Gala were staunch in their defence of the dingo last month.

Both women said the elders did not support the killing of any dingo on Fraser Island.

Aunty Frances said the dingoes were very special to them and described what was happening on Fraser Island as "a terrible situation".

Aunty Mally was already grieving for Inky's brother, Winky, who was destroyed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife rangers after being caught in a trap.

Great Sandy Strait manager Ross Belcher said Inky had hunted with its sibling and shown "aggressive and dangerous behaviour".

He said the dingoes had lost their fear of people, which had caused the dangerous incidents.

He said the efforts to capture the dingo would be ongoing.

"Rangers are continuing their efforts to capture a dingo that has behaved dangerously towards Fraser Island visitors," Mr Belcher said.

"While there have been no sightings of the animal over the past week, the capture effort will continue until the situation is resolved."

Topics:  dingo fraser island



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