Visitors urged to stay clear of dingoes after two incidents
TWO threatening incidents involving dingoes have been recorded on Fraser Island this month, with rangers warning visitors and residents to keep a safe distance from the animals.
According to a Queensland Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman, the first incident happened on December 16 when a juvenile dingo approached a man at a beach in front of the One Tree camp zone.
The man was fishing and the dingo approached a bait bucket.
The man attempted to pick the bucket up to prevent the dingo from taking it.
The dingo tried to get the bucket and started to snarl and growl.
The man then went into the water and the dingo moved away along the beach.
The campground is currently closed to ensure the safety of visitors, the spokeswoman said.
The second incident happened on December 19 on the beach at Eli Camp Zone.
Three adults were on the beach when a dingo started following them in a "dominant manner", the spokeswoman said, coming within two metres of the trio.
The spokeswoman said it was typical to see an increase in dingo-human interaction during the holiday season.
"This is because summer is also a particularly important time for juvenile dingoes to test their strength, learn essential survival skills and to avoid habituation towards people," she said.
"Juveniles will quickly learn bad habits such as stealing food around camp sites instead of learning natural hunting skills."