This photo said to be of a dingo on Fraser with a large tracking collar is upsetting locals online. Photo: Save Fraser Island Dingoes Inc.
This photo said to be of a dingo on Fraser with a large tracking collar is upsetting locals online. Photo: Save Fraser Island Dingoes Inc.

Fraser dingo collar pic stirs strong backlash

A PHOTO of a dingo with what looks to be a large tracking collar around its neck posted online by Fraser Island wildlife activists is attracting outraged comments.

The Fraser Island Dingo Conservation group said: "It's so sad that they've put these appalling collars on the dingoes again.

"We had a massive protest re these heavy colours nearly a decade ago.

"It's disappointing that they've done this again. The dingo cannot hunt for food with these appalling contraptions round their necks."

They have share a post from Ian Wheeler who said this dingo was seen at Eli Creek on the island.

"Our guide was saddened by how poor she looked as he would see her weekly and can't believe how much she has gone down with the long term affects of the collar.

"After we stopped and took the photo from the car, she staggered down on the beach as if tired.

"My friend said he's seen her trying to swim across Eli Creek with the collar on."

Mr Wheeler said the dingo was "really suffering".

"It's just so inhumane to see this has been done by those that are meant to be caring for the dingoes in this World Heritage area."

He is asking those who have responded with disapproval of the practice to contact Queensland Parks and Wildlife.

Sunshine Coast local Mariette Philips said: "This is so devastating and heart breaking to see.

"The dingoes are dying a cruel, painful death with these heavy collars on."

Last year Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said state authorities were fast-tracking an action plan to immediately improve dingo safety on K'gari (Fraser Island).

It followed the terrifying experience of a family whose 14 month old boy was dragged from a campervan.

"It is time to analyse the dingo risk management implementation plan to determine if more work needs to be done to improve visitor safety.

"The continued safety of visitors to K'gari is a priority, and we want to ensure all the actions the Government undertakes in relation to dingoes is based on the best available science and advice."

"The management of dingoes on K'gari is complex, and the Government is committed to supporting a sustainable and healthy dingo population, while minimising the risks to human safety and dingo welfare," Ms Enoch said.

In 2012 the Department of Environment and Resource Management announced preliminary results of GPS-tracking collars.

The joint DERM and University of Queensland study used collars which took GPS satellite reading every two hours over eight months before releasing from the dingo's neck on a pre-programed date.