Dingo policies ‘have failed'
THE founder of Fraser Island's taxi service, Nigel Freemantle, spent more than two decades interacting freely with Fraser Island dingoes - without a single incident.
Now, with attacks claimed to be running at one a month, he says the problem is obviously the fault not of dingoes, but of failed management policies introduced by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.
Mr Freemantle said during those 20 years, island dingoes lost every major food source.
This appeared to be an unintended consequence of moves to turn the island into a national park.
Brumbies were removed from the island, scraps were no longer thrown into the bush, dumps were closed and fishermen made their offal harder to reach.
Mr Freemantle told the Fraser Coast Chronicle this week that major incidents, such as the recent mauling of a German tourist and the death of nine-year-old Clinton Gage, had only happened since people were no longer able to feed the animals.
"What parks have been trying to do for 21 years isn't working," he said.
Mr Freemantle is part of a rising chorus of residents and activists, including the Save Fraser Island Dingoes group, calling for rapid change to the island's dingo management.