Dingo (Wongari) Seasonal Information - Whelping Season

Category:
Other
Applies:
1 September to 30 November 2022
Published:
20 December 2021 4:45am
Updated:
31 August 2022 8:36am
ID:
21572

This alert applies to the following parks:

Limiting dingo-human interaction, particularly during wongari (dingo) whelping season, 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

.Wongari (Dingo) whelping season means:

  • Wongari (Dingo) pups will venture out of their dens and explore their surroundings
  • Adult wongari (dingoes) will be teaching their young natural hunting and survival skills
  • Wongari (Dingoes) may be determined and aggressive in their search for food
  • Females will aggressively defend their young
  • Female wongari (dingoes) that are feeding young can lose condition and become naturally lean during this time

Visitors, 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 and eastern beach fenced areas (Wongai, One Tree Rocks, Cornwells, Eli), or at fenced private camping areas at Dilli Village or Cathedral Beach.

Let young dingoes (wongari) grow up wild - not reliant on handouts. Do not feed dingoes or leave food available. Every time a dingo receives food from people, its chance of survival is reduced.

Be dingo-safe! Visit https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/kgari-fraser/about/wongari-dingoes/dingo-safe

  • Always stay close (within arm’s reach) of children and young teenagers
  • Always walk in groups and carry a stick
  • Camp in fenced areas where possible
  • Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction
  • Never feed dingoes
  • Lock up food stores and iceboxes (even on a boat)
  • Never store food or food containers in tents

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, which ear, and gender if available.

 

For further information about dingoes on K’gari (Fraser Island) please visit https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/kgari-fraser/about/wongari-dingoes

Please monitor park alerts on the department's website for updated information.

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