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Man bitten on head and body in Fraser dingo attack

UPDATE: A 25-year-old man suffered bite and scratch wounds to the back of his head, arms, legs, buttocks and back in an attack by three dingoes on Fraser Island.

Fraser Island Association president David Anderson said the man was walking alone on the beach at Happy Valley with a torch and after being attacked, went behind the dingo fence for safety.

A Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service spokesman said the injured man would be held overnight in Hervey Bay Hospital.

EARLIER: A man has been bitten and scratched by dingoes in a late-night attack at Happy Valley on Fraser Island.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Fraser Coast principal ranger Ross Belcher said the man was walking alone on the beach near Happy Valley about 10.30pm on Monday when he was confronted by three dingoes.

"The man received a number of scratches and bites before reaching the safety of the fence at the Happy Valley township to raise the alarm," Mr Belcher said.

He said the man was then transferred to Hervey Bay Hospital for treatment.

Mr Belcher said rangers would be increasing patrols in the Happy Valley area to monitor dingo activity and provide information to visitors.

"Fraser Island's dingoes are not domestic pets, they are wild animals and they must always be treated as such," he said.

"In the wake of this latest incident I would caution people against walking or jogging alone on the beaches, particularly at night.

"We aim to balance the conservation and welfare of wild dingoes with providing a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors and residents, so our focus remains on educating visitors on how to be dingo-safe."

Be dingo-wise

  • keep children close and stay in a group - don't walk alone
  • avoid feeding dingoes
  • keep camp sites clean and secure food, bait and rubbish
  • whenever possible camp in a dingo-fenced area and never approach a dingo or encourage interaction.
  • Any negative interactions with dingoes should be reported as soon as possible to a QPWS ranger by phoning 137 468 or by emailing dingo.ranger@nprsr.qld.gov.au.

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