The pup’s purity will determine its fate.
The pup’s purity will determine its fate. Megan Pope

Wait for dingo verdict

WILDLIFE carers expect to know within a week whether their newest dingo was kidnapped from Fraser Island.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the pup's appearance on the mainland is continuing, and the complex task of mapping of its genes is almost complete.

The dingo's purity will be the key factor in determining whether it belonged to a Fraser Island pack.

Results of costly DNA tests conducted by both the Tess Wildlife Sanctuary and Biosecurity Queensland will determine the pup's future.

It has almost made a full recovery from its ordeal in Maryborough bushland before it was captured in an emaciated and malnourished state less than a month ago.

If the dingo is found to have been taken from Fraser Island, anybody charged with the offence could face fines of up to $300,000 or two years' imprisonment.

It is believed the young male was from Fraser Island based on its markings and mannerisms and an application has been lodged with Biosecurity Queensland to increase the sanctuary's permit which will allow the pup to stay.

A decision on this application is pending.

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