Collared island dingo dies
A DINGO has died after being struck by a 4WD on Fraser Island’s Eastern Beach.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Great Sandy Marine Regional manager Ross Belcher said the dingo “veered into” the tourist’s vehicle as it travelled along Eastern Beach near Dilli Village on Wednesday.
“There were two dingoes on the beach – one veered away from the vehicle and one veered into the vehicle and was struck in the head and killed instantly,” he said.
Mr Belcher said the dingo was about four years old and was one of 18 collared dingoes. The collars send GPS signals every two hours.
“Tracking information confirms that it spent most of its time on Eastern Beach between Dilli Village and Cathedral Beach, which indicates it was likely to be a habitual animal.
“Statistically, the more time a dingo spends in high traffic areas, the greater risk of being hit by a vehicle.”
Mr Belcher says the dingo was in excellent condition, weighing 22 kilograms. The average weight of an adult dingo is 15kg.
“It was collared in May when its weight was recorded as 19.5kg, which means it had put on a healthy 1.5kg since it had the collar attached.”
There was no indication that the dingo, the second to have been hit and killed by a car in the past two years, was pregnant.
According to dingo conservationists, only 60 to 80 dingoes remain on Fraser Island.
They are the last pure strain of dingo left and qualify as an endangered species.
The GPS collar project was aimed at gathering information about the movement of dingoes.
QPWS hopes it will give them a better understanding of the prey species that are on the island.