The outrage should be directed at visitors, but at the litany of unprovoked attacks on tourists by marauding dingoes, one reader says.
The outrage should be directed at visitors, but at the litany of unprovoked attacks on tourists by marauding dingoes, one reader says. Alistair Brightman

LETTER: Dingoes are the menace on Fraser Island

I WONDER how many of the Chronicle readers who were "outraged" at the euthanasia of a dangerous dingo (FCC 06-04-16) actually know what has been happening on Fraser Island or have even been there.

The outrage should be over the litany of unprovoked attacks on visitors by marauding dingoes.

Families on the beach are menaced, walkers are stalked and viciously bitten, fishers are chased into the water to escape an attack.

We entice visitors to Fraser Island with pictures of the "iconic" dingo but are shamefully unconcerned about people's safety.

In fact the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service callously blames these terrifying incidents on the visitors themselves.

Fraser Island is a relatively small area; a dingo can be harassing a family on the beach at Dili Village one day and the next day attacking someone at Eurong.

Therefore it is unrealistic to expect people and dingoes to mix harmoniously in a situation where encounters can't be avoided.

A big part of the Fraser Coast's economy depends on tourism to Fraser Island, so the problem with dingoes on Fraser Island must be resolved.

Clearly the QPWS has been unable to deal with the situation. Perhaps Fraser Coast Opportunities could take up the challenge and work out a sensible solution?

MERIKE JOHNSON

Kawungan


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