QPWS rangers investigate dingo attack

Issued: 17 Apr 2021

QPWS rangers are investigating a dingo (also known as wongari) attack on a young child on K’gari (Fraser Island) this morning.

Rangers were advised early this morning are now interviewing witnesses.

Rangers understand the dingo bit the child on the head and body in the early hours of this morning.

The attack took place in Orchid Beach, a residential area of K’gari, and not in a camping area.

At this stage it is not known if the dingo has presented with problem behaviour in the past.

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 Aboriginal Corporation.

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.