Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Dingo Divide Bares Teeth

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Dingo Divide Bares Teeth

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Byline: Peter Hall

SUNSHINE Coast mum Tessa Kemp is among the few who have experienced the terror of an attack.

She touches the 10cm scar that runs just above her right knee as she recalls the horrifying moment she and her sister, Bay McGovern, were set upon in October, 2014.

The massive gash, caused by a snarling young male dog, was one of three wounds she suffered after the pair were "corralled", lunged at and bitten.

Kemp, a pharmacist, and McGovern, a business analyst, were on their regular morning run when they came across the two dingoes about 6.30am.

The sisters, both mothers-of-two, were about 1km from their holiday unit at Yidney Rocks - a spot their family had visited for 30 years - when they slowed to a walk after the animals began watching them and growling.

Kemp says they stood tightly together and Bay kicked the male twice in the head as it surged towards them.

"It just kept coming at us ... it was not going to give up," she says "We were terrified."

Two men came to their rescue - one in a 4WD, the other on foot - and managed to scare away the dingoes.

Kemp was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital, where she had surgery. McGovern escaped with bruises.

The sisters understood the dingo involved was found and euthanased.

"We were very lucky," Kemp, now 39, said.

"We have been back there every year since, but are much more wary.

"The dingoes are still prominent and I find myself constantly scanning for them."

Now having three children, Henry, 3, Oliver, 6, and Maggie, 7, her focus has turned to keeping them safe.

Kemp said she had seen visitors trying to entice the animals closer so they could get a photo.

She said she did not know how the authorities were going to curtail the attacks, but they could not be allowed to continue.

"Education obviously is the key, but the signage and warnings are everywhere and these incidents keep happening . …

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