Why you shouldn’t feed the dingoes on Fraser Island
MENTION Fraser Island and dingoes in the same sentence and there is a range of reactions.
Linda Behrendorff, who is undertaking her PhD at Queensland University studying the health and diet of the Fraser Island dingoes, says there is a lot of misinformation around.
Her PhD is a way of getting scientific evidence about a fascinating creature and how they survive on the island.
At a recent Gympie and District Field Naturalists education session, Ms Behrendorff said in spite of comments, most dingo problems on the island were due to visitors assuming that because dingoes looked like a domestic pet, they could be treated like one.
"Fraser Island dingoes are not starving," she said.
"On average they are a few kilograms heavier than those on the mainland. That is mostly due to a better diet."
Body assessments on a one-to-five score showed that 70% scored four or a little less, and based on those figures, Fraser Island is a pretty good place for a dingo to live.