Alistair Brightman

Fraser Island dingo collar trial plan

TRACKING collars may be fitted to "high-risk" Fraser Island dingoes in an effort to monitor their movements.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is considering fitting the collars to dingoes that have shown aggressive behaviours in the past.

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokesman said managing dingo conservation and visitor safety on the island included a range of intervention techniques and the use of tracking and high-visibility collars.

The collars would also allow people to "more easily recognise such animals".

"No collars have been fitted to dingoes to date, but QPWS is considering trialling these in the near future," the spokesman said.

"The collars are a light-weight design for wildlife management and do not impede the dingo in any way.

"They can be released automatically from the animal at any time and can also be programmed to release after a selected period of time."

Save Fraser Island Dingoes wildlife advisor Ray Revill said the tracking collars had been tried before and had not worked.

"There's no benefit to fitting a collar - it only tells them the dog's movement," he said.

"I think they're just wasting their time.

"They need to study up a bit more on dingo behaviour."

Mr Revill was concerned about the restrictions on the dingo's neck after the collar was fitted.

"Having a tracking collar disables that animal from being able to do their natural movements - they're detrimental," he said.

The curator of the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary said the only way to ensure dingoes prospered on the island was to restrict public access to the dingoes' natural feeding grounds.

The QPWS spokesman said the considered trial was not related to a 2011 research project where a number of dingoes were fitted with satellite tracking collars.



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