Camping zones on K’gari/Fraser Island closed until further notice after dingoes attack two women at Queensland tourist hotspot

Several camping zones on K’gari, formerly known as Fraser Island, have been closed until further notice due to ‘increased threatening’ dingo behaviour.

Queensland‘s Department of Environment and Science issued an alert on Friday afternoon announcing the immediate closure of zones three, four and five.

Those with bookings will be offered a change, refund or credit.

‘This closure is necessary to reduce negative dingo interactions and allow for ongoing monitoring and dingo management,’ the alert reads.

The closed camping zones sit on K’gari’s eastern coastline between The Pinnacles and Poyungan Rocks.

Other camping areas in zones one, two and six, and fenced areas at Eli, One Tree, Wongai and Cornwells will remain open.

Signs posted on K'gari warn visitors to keep children within arm's reach and never attempt to feed or touch dingoes

Signs posted on K’gari warn visitors to keep children within arm’s reach and never attempt to feed or touch dingoes

The announcement comes a day after rangers expressed dismay over a video of a man offering a water bottle to a dingo near Waddy Point Beach.

‘After the recent incidents on K’gari, it is disappointing that anyone would choose to deliberately interact with a wongari (dingo),’ senior ranger Linda Behrendorff said.

‘People must understand that just one interaction like this can set wongari on the path to becoming habituated, and ignoring this means ignoring the consequences for human safety and for the wongari.

‘It is poor people behaviour that causes many of the negative interactions on the island.’

Authorities warned for visitors and residents on K'gari to be vigilant around dingoes following several attacks in recent months

Authorities warned for visitors and residents on K’gari to be vigilant around dingoes following several attacks in recent months

Also on Thursday, two women were attacked in separate incidents by the same pair of dingoes.

The first happened about 11.45am when two dingoes approached a group of seven adults at Eli Creek, biting one woman on the thigh.

A short time later another woman was bitten on the thigh after falling over.

All dingo interactions should be reported to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, with on the spot fines for anyone caught feeding or disturbing dingoes.

WHAT ARE DINGOES AND HOW DANGEROUS ARE THEY?

Dingoes are Australian wild dogs. 

They are found across the country but K’gari is known to have a high population and the dogs can be spotted all around the island.

They can cause serious harm by biting, dragging and mauling people. They attack both alone and in groups.

However, dingoes usually will not attack unless they are provoked or have grown comfortable around people.

How to be dingo-safe:

  • NEVER feed dingoes. 
  • Always stay within arms reach of children, even teenagers. 
  • Walk in groups and carry a stick. 
  • Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction. 
  • Camp in a fenced area when possible. 
  • Secure all food, rubbish, fish and bait. Never store food or food containers inside tents.

Source: Queensland Environment Department

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