Dingo death sparks outrage
THE death of a dingo on Fraser Island earlier this month has caused outrage among local groups after it was revealed at least five Fraser Island dingoes have died from vehicle strikes in the past two years.
Save Fraser Island Dingoes secretary Karin Kilpatrick said there had also been evidence a five-year-old male dingo had been killed in the same week the four-year-old male was struck.
SFID have called on Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to join them to prevent more dingo deaths as the island moves into its busy season.
"This is something we need to be united in," Mrs Kilpatrick said.
"It (dingoes being struck) seems to be more common place than we realised."
Documents released to SFID under Right to Information laws show 14% of male dingoes being autopsied by DERM had been killed by a vehicle strike.
"It's very heartbreaking," Mrs Kilpatrick said.
She said tourists had approached SFID to tell them of incidents where drivers were making it a game to hit dingoes.
SFID wants the Department of Environment and Resource Management to make vehicle striking a more serious offence in light of witness reports that state drivers were intentionally aiming for animals.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service regional manager Great Sandy Marine Ross Belcher said fines were not issued for animal strikes.
"If the incident was clearly an accident and no other laws were broken, it would not be considered an offence under legislation," he said.
QPWS recommended drivers stayed below the speed limit on the eastern beach, the same spot the dingo strike was reported earlier this month.