Dingo (Wongari) Seasonal Information - Whelping Season

Category:
Other
Applies:
20 October to 4 December 2020
Published:
20 October 2020 9:44am
ID:
20361

This alert applies to the following parks:

Limiting dingo-human interaction, particularly during dingo whelping season (September to November), is critical to the welfare of pups. This is a particularly important time for pups to learn natural hunting and survival skills and to avoid habituation towards people.

Dingo whelping season means:

  • Dingo pups will venture out of their dens and explore their surroundings
  • Adult dingoes will be teaching their young natural hunting and survival skills
  • Dingoes may be determined and aggressive in their search for food
  • Females will aggressively defend their young
  • Female dingoes that are feeding young can lose condition and become naturally lean during this timeVisitors, tour operators and residents are advised to be dingo-safe! on K’gari. It is recommended that families with young children camp in fenced QPWS camping areas at Lake Boomanjin, Central Station, Dundubara and Waddy Point, or at fenced private camping areas at Dilli Village or Cathedral Beach.

Be dingo-safe! Visit http://www.des.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/dingo-safe.html

  • NEVER feed dingoes.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of children, even small teenagers.
  • Walk in groups.
  • Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction.
  • Camp in fenced areas when possible.
  • Lock up food stores and iceboxes (even on a boat).
  • Never store food or food containers in tents.
  • Secure all rubbish, fish and bait.

Report dingo encounters – email dingo.ranger@des.qld.gov.au, tell the nearest QPWS ranger, or phone (07) 4127 9150 – mobile phone charges may apply. Take note of location, vehicle registration, dingo ear tag colour, number and which ear.

For further information about dingoes on Fraser Island please visit http://www.des.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/fraser-island-dingoes.html

Please visit this park's page on the department's website for more park safety information.

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