Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Dingoes Extinct by 2016

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Dingoes Extinct by 2016

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Byline: Hayden Johnson

THE curator of the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary believes there will be no dingoes on Fraser Island by the end of this year.

Ray Revill was told on Friday about another dingo that had been destroyed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife rangers after lunging at a young girl.

The Chronicle understands the dingo, named Kenny, was affectionately known to locals.

Mr Revill said the dingoes' deaths were due to continuing "stupid" decisions made by tourists who ignored warning signs and interacted with dingoes.

"It's getting to the point where it's totally disgusting," he said.

Mr Revill cited thousands of people and hundreds of cars at one time visiting the popular Eli Creek during the Christmas period as evidence the wild animals were being over-run by tourists.

He estimated there were fewer than 100 dingoes left on the island.

But Mr Revill's claims contradict the view of Queensland National Parks Minister Steve Dickson, who says there is "no evidence that the Fraser Island dingo population is dying out". …

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