Visitor told to take 'concerning' dingo photos off Facebook
A VISITOR to Fraser Island was contacted by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and was asked to remove photos from social media that showed concerning interactions with dingoes.
One of the photos, which has been circulating on social media, shows a woman on the beach with three dingoes near her, along with two others close by.
A man was pictured taking a photo of the woman.
A spokeswoman from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service said they were aware of the interaction depicted in the photo and the woman had been contacted and had voluntarily removed the photos from Facebook.
The spokeswoman said it was explained to the woman that that "inappropriate contact with dingoes was potentially dangerous and could encourage other people to take risks".
The spokeswoman said while there was no clear evidence that the dingoes had been encouraged to approach the people involved, it was a timely reminder that fines may apply to those who disturb or attempt to disturb an animal that is dangerous or capable of harming a person.
"The definition of disturb in this case is quite broad and includes approach, lure, pursue, tease or touch the animal," the spokeswoman said.
"It is concerning that these animals are showing signs of habituation, which means they have lost their natural wariness around people.
"Habituation can unfortunately lead to dominance testing behaviour and aggressive encounters towards humans and that can ultimately lead to the destruction of the animal."
The spokeswoman said there had been no action taken against the dingoes pictured in the photos.
Dingoes were one of the major attractions of Fraser Island, but visitors and those living on the island needed to keep their distance to avoid dingoes becoming habituated, the spokeswoman said.
"It is disappointing that some visitors and residents continue to ignore the safety messages which are prominently displayed throughout Fraser Island," she said.
"Rangers are regularly patrolling and educating visitors and residents about dingo safety but cannot be everywhere, and people need to be self-aware and responsible for their actions."