Driver seen throwing chips to dingo on Fraser
VISITORS to Fraser Island are being warned not to feed dingoes after campers recently spotted one of the animals being fed.
A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokeswoman said campers reported seeing a four-wheel drive stop near a dingo and a person throw chips out of the window.
"No registration details were obtained by witnesses to allow for further investigation, but visitors should be warned that substantial fines apply for this illegal behaviour," the spokeswoman said.
Feeding dingoes on Fraser is illegal and incurs hefty fines as it encourages the animals to interact with people, which can turn dangerous.
To reduce risk around dingoes while on Fraser Island:
- Stay within arms' reach of children
- Walk and sit in groups
- Never run or jog
- Camp within fenced areas where possible
- Lock up food stores and ice boxes
- Never store food or containers in tents
- Secure all rubbish, fish and bait
Visitors can report a negative dingo interaction to rangers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 4127 9150.
So far on Fraser Island this year, dingoes have been involved in one high-risk interaction and 23 interactions featuring threatening behaviour.