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Help save Inky the Dingo from bizarre Queensland law and tourism

Sad story of 3 brothers, 2 killed, one is running for his life


A dingo From the K'Gari Butchulla camp called "Inky "is running for his life. QPWS targets three dingo brothers for ‘crimes’ they ‘supposedly’ committed and they have been coded for destruction. Visit Youtube news story on this dingo for a news report:-

(Pic from Ch 7 Sunshine Coast QLD News)

Two have already been destroyed, one at the K'Gari camp site shot, where Inky was shot along with his brother who died. “Inky" survived but ran off with a bullet wound in his neck, developed an infected ear, is still running/ hiding terrified of the rangers. Another dingo Inky’s brother, ‘Byron’ known to be harmless, from Cathedral Beach was darted and given a lethal injection. This dingo was destroyed by QPWS on 4th Oct. 2012 before a public forum with the newly appointed FIDMS Ecosure on 5th Oct. This leaves "Inky” who, after his brother was shot at the K'Gari camp, ran off to join his other brother Byron at Cathedral beach. He is now being hunted by a trapper brought in by QPWS to trap and kill this terrified dingo.

An online vote poll asks ‘Should dingoes that attack tourists on Fraser Island be destroyed?’ It stands at 91% No and only 8% Yes- nearly 100% angry NO’s of community response. QPWS, Regional Manager Fraser Island, Ross Belcher admitted on ABC radio that this dingo and his brother, who were both killed, did not bite anyone. Why were these dingoes deemed dangerous and aggressive? They were future breeding dingoes, important to sustain another generation, but were given a death sentence based on an obscure report, and coded.

Those issuing death sentences do not understand dingo play behaviour; they behave like human male teenagers- boisterous. No more dingoes should die; there must be a complete moratorium on killing dingoes until Ecosure publish their peer reviewed FDIMS management strategy, which won't be until Feb next year. For decades, the fight to protect the F.I. Dingoes, has done little to improve the chances of these dingoes surviving for future generations. "Inky" and his brothers committed the crime of a code C..." a dingo was lying down 20 metres from a fisherman!! Other "crimes" the dingo commits, assume the dingo ‘knows the rules’: ‘loitering’ at visitor sites, stealing or ‘soliciting’ food, following people closely, generally associating with human presence’.

The QPWS term of ‘habituating’ is a ‘dingo committed crime’ Marie-Louise Sarjeant. P.A. Jennifer Parkhurst.

Notes leading up to the hunt for Inky

‘Our Fraser Island Dingoes need protection and honesty from Government which is not being provided’ AWPC Australian Wildlife Protection, President.

Hon. Steve Dickson. M.P. National Parks, Recreation, Sport & Racing…have under a current policy, the decision to authorise a “humane “destruction of a dingo that hasn’t bitten anyone. They state that ‘Issues for dingo’ destruction are because QPWS deemed it has committed a “code crime” of “habituation”. Specific details have not been given as to why Inky has to be destroyed.
(Ross Belcher from the QPWS: people were not harmed, but r it is extremely concerning dingo has not been caught)

QPWS have enlisted a paid shooter /trapper to the Island, setting a terrible precedence to bring in a person, who is effectively a pest control officer and a dingo exterminator. This is not acceptable in a Heritage Listed National Park, where fauna is supposedly protected. Dingoes on Fraser Island have learnt Rangers mean death or pain and avoid them, recognise their vehicles. Previous contentious FIDMS even states in the old management strategy, that a history of incidents and photos required and only as a last resort is the animal to be destroyed"

ABC Net news;” Trapper hunts rogue Fraser is dingo”: By Frances Adcock. 11th Oct 2012, saying that, “Up to 40 rangers are still looking for a dingo.” There are only 49 rangers there, so why waste time and money to chase down a dingo that is not a threat to anyone?

Indigenous people have signed Statutory Declarations to declare that Inky is not dangerous.

A comment written to Ross Belcher, Regional Manager Fraser Island on the Fraser Coast Chronicle:

“The dingo is allegedly a "natural feature" of the Island, interference with which is punishable by very serious fines and even, in some circumstances, imprisonment. So how then, Mr Belcher, can you justify either Rangers or a paid Shooters coming on to the Island and taking such action? Will the shooter be the subject of legal proceedings for “interference”? Will you be the subject of conspiracy to commit such a crime given your enlistment of the paid shooter?" (Marilyn Nuske Lawyer).


Contacts to write to protest about the destruction of Inky: or Ph 07 32248113
DERM dingo ranger.
Ross Belcher Regional Manager FI: ph: 4121 1800.
Mr. Young Hun JUNG UNESCO: Please write or call to save Inky

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Poor Inky.
This is really nasty.
The application of the laws here seems psychotically divorced from the need to preserve the natural environment and the need to preserve some kind of decent human interaction with other creatures. This is as mad as what is happening to the sheep in Pakistan, but on a smaller, more focused scale, all the more obscene due to being overseen by a government which proposes itself as civilised, orderly and scientific. Shows how thin a cultural skin really is.

This is all part of a elaborate plot to extinguish dingoes from Fraser Island and Australia. The ear tags, the vilification, the deliberate denial of food, the "aggressive" interpretation of their contact with humans, the "culling" of puppies, fires etc are all part of the conspiracy to cause their extinction. Dingoes have never been totally "wild" animals. They came to Australia with Aborigines thousands of years ago and do not share antiquity with other native animals. However, they deserve to be preserved for their unique development and history and ecology in Australia. They need contact with humans, and largely rely on them for companionship and dependence for food. This is being denied them. Inky is another victim of the draconian "management" of dingoes, ensuring their demise. Fraser Island is more lucrative as a tourist resort than for native animals. Money is the "bottom line" and they need to be seen "protecting" the public against potentially "aggressive" and "savage" dingoes!
There is no protection for native animals in Australia, besides various Acts and policies. They can all be simply made exempt when convenient.

After considering what has been happening on Fraser, be it in the recent
past or present, with regards to the dingo, you can't dismiss the likeliness
that there is some yet to be understood conspiracy at work! Why are the powers to be so clearly determent to rid the Island of our native wolf?
Certainly, the supposedly “dangerous” behaviour of the dingo is just a cruel and silly smoke-screen, believed only by those who live under a rock! I repeat, dingo behaviour has nothing to do with what takes place on Fraser!
Queensland now have a different Government and yet the same basic policy and yet more ridiculous excuses!
My best guess is that some well-heeled developer(s) is/are "greasing" the palms
of politicians and public servants handsomely!
That is WHO makes the bullets
"low-light" Belcher is firing!
That is WHO keeps an individual
like Belcher in the job.
I stress yet again, you wonder what role the RSPCA plays in this genocide! I particularly refer to the Necropsy report, published in March 2010, attesting to unspeakable cruelty inflicted on a dingo under DERM management!
Yes! The dingo is in the way of “progress” big time, any other hypothesis just does not make sense, after all this is supposed to be a world heritage site for heaven's sake!
Only thing that would bring the real "goings-on" to light would be a public or royal
inquiry, fat chance for that to happen!
Only chance for the unique Fraser Island dingoes' survival would be to legally transfer as
many breeding pairs as possible off the Island into responsible care as far
away from Queensland as possible!
Short of this dramatic action, the Fraser dingo
is rapidly heading the way of the thylacine!

GONE, together with another thirty (30) species since the arrival of white
man and our corrupt way of life!


This makes total sense. Thank you for explaining. Developers are wrecking the planet - too many people and too much greed is the problem. How utterly tragic .... we must amp up the pressure against the forces that be bringing this into action.

According to the Hon. Steve Dickson, Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, "the dingo you refer to has been identified as carrying out several aggressive and dangerous incidents on Fraser Island and at least three incidents involved attacks on children.

"No one wants dingoes on Fraser Island to be destroyed; this includes the rangers who are required to manage these situations. Unfortunately, humane destruction it required when habituated dingoes become aggressive and dangerous towards people and habituation generally occurs when dingoes become used to getting food from people. The dingo is wary and difficult to capture, however, it remains a significant danger to people on the island.

"Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services QPWS staff are operating under the current Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy which includes criteria for gauging the significance of dingo behaviour and risk to people and providing extensive dingo safety education to people living and visiting the island. There is also a program to fence waste transfer stations, communities and some campsites to assist in preventing habitation due to getting their food from human sources."

It's significant that the "incidents" involved children! Why are children without adults on FI? The current Fraser Island Management Strategy obviously isn't working if the dingoes it is supposed to be managing includes harassing it and actually killing it! Considering dingoes traditionally rely to some extent on humans for food, obviously they will continue to seek food out from people. Do these managers really expect dingoes to evolve to be totally wild in a short few decades?

I wondered what dingoes were supposed to eat if no humans fed them. This seems to be the answer. How sustainable is this?


Dingo diet and prey availability on Fraser Island


Angel-E, D


The management of dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) on Fraser Island presents a serious issue regarding the balance of public safety and world heritage conservation. One of the most important and least understood aspects of this issue is the availability of prey and prey species relations with the dingo diet. This relationship is the focal point of this research. To assess prey availability, three forest types were sampled during summer and winter 2005 using live trapping (12 sites) and track counting techniques (24 sites). Population estimations were obtained from statistical models (Nest) when possible, and with indices such as minimum number known to be alive (Ñ) and the Passive Activity Index (PAI). To investigate the diet of the dingo, 126 scats were collected. Prey remains were identified and the diet composition was described using presence-absence and weight of remains methods. The most common species in the study area were pale field rat and bush rat. The activity of rodents was different in the three habitats sampled and in the two seasons. A remarkably higher activity level was recorded for lizards in summer and bandicoots and antechinus in winter. The PAI was calibrated against population estimates for rodents, providing a simple and efficient monitoring tool for use by natural resource managers. A generalist pattern for the diet of Fraser Island dingoes suggested a selective predatory behaviour towards bandicoots, in particular long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta), and prey switching for secondary prey, such as rodents, according to temporal fluctuations in the abundance of these species. Fish and human-sourced food consumption has decreased since the 1990s but they are still an important part of dingo diet. The functional relationship between dingoes and bandicoots approaches to Type II and with rodents approaches Type III. The habitat suitability for dingoes is similar in the three habitats sampled and prey availability is slightly higher in the Tall Wet Forest.


Submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Masters of Science by Research, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2006.




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