QPWS rangers call for witnesses to step forward

Issued: 18 Apr 2021

QPWS rangers are investigating yesterday’s dingo attack at Orchid Beach on K’gari (Fraser Island) and are calling for any further witnesses to come forward.

Rangers have interviewed some witnesses to the incident, however, those first on the scene have so far not been able to be located.

Rangers are seeking assistance from the first responders and any other witnesses to come forward to help investigating rangers understand better what happened and help with information on the dingo involved in the attack.

The attack took place in Orchid Beach, a residential area of K’gari, and not in a camping area, yesterday morning around 7am.

Any decisions about the management of the dingo will be made once a positive identification is confirmed and in collaboration with key stakeholders, including traditional owners, the Butchulla.

People are reminded to be dingo safe and not to feed or interact with the animals as this may contribute to their habituation and may have consequences.

Dingoes that lose their natural wariness of people and become habituated may become aggressive while seeking food.

Visitors to Fraser Island are reminded to be dingo safe at all times:

  • Walk in groups
  • Camp in fenced areas where possible
  • Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction
  • Never feed dingoes
  • Never store food or food containers in tents
  • Secure all rubbish, fish and bait
  • Young children must be kept within arm’s reach at all times.

Witnesses to yesterday’s attack are urged to please telephone the department on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).