Woman fights off two dingoes with her water bottle on K’Gari – the latest in a string of savage attacks
- Dingo bites woman on the leg on K’gari in Queensland
- It’s the latest in a string of dingo attacks on the island
A dingo has nipped a woman on her leg in the latest in a string of similar attacks on K’gari.
Rangers are urging tourists not to walk alone on K’gari after a woman was bitten by a dingo in the latest attack on the Queensland island.
Authorities are monitoring the protected canine, which nipped its victim on the leg while she was standing on an eastern beach.
The animal was one of two collared dingoes that were circling her, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service said on Monday after Saturday’s bite.
The woman yelled and swung her water bottle at the animals before people nearby came to her aid.
A woman has been bitten on the leg by a dingo in the latest in a string of similar attacks on K’gari or Fraser Island (stock image)
She was taken to nearby Happy Valley to treat scratches on her thigh.
Rangers said visitors should not walk alone on the island and carry a stick for protection.
The attack is the latest in a string of dangerous encounters on K’gari, formerly known as Fraser Island, including a woman who was bitten on the thigh after collared dingoes stalked a group of adults about two weeks ago.
In July, a 24-year-old woman was taken to hospital with numerous bites after being attacked by at least three dingoes while jogging at Orchid Beach.
One of the dingoes was euthanised because it had been responsible for other threatening and biting incidents, including one involving a six-year-old girl.
In early July, an eight-year-old boy was taken to hospital after being bitten and scratched when two dingoes approached his family on a beach at Happy Valley.
Authorities warned for visitors and residents on K’gari to be vigilant around dingoes following several attacks in recent months
In June, a dingo was euthanised after a string of ‘high risk’ incidents involving the animal in previous months, including biting a seven-year-old boy and a 42-year-old woman.
Several camping zones were closed earlier in August until further notice, due to increasingly aggressive dingo behaviour.
Despite the growing number of attacks, rangers have rejected calls to cull the dingo population on World Heritage-listed island, blaming visitor behaviour for the spike in incidents.
Collars are worn by dingoes exhibiting high-risk behaviour and fitted with a device to track movement and behaviour.
WHAT ARE DINGOES AND HOW DANGEROUS ARE THEY?
Dingoes are Australian wild dogs.
They are found across the country but K’gari is known to have a high population and the dogs can be spotted all around the island.
They can cause serious harm by biting, dragging and mauling people. They attack both alone and in groups.
However, dingoes usually will not attack unless they are provoked or have grown comfortable around people.
How to be dingo-safe:
- NEVER feed dingoes.
- Always stay within arms reach of children, even teenagers.
- Walk in groups and carry a stick.
- Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction.
- Camp in a fenced area when possible.
- Secure all food, rubbish, fish and bait. Never store food or food containers inside tents.
Source: Queensland Environment Department