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Island camper allegedly kills campsite dingo with speargun

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An investigation is underway after a man allegedly killed a dingo with a speargun on K’gari.

It is alleged that a man speared the dingo after it was lingering around his campsite at night on 19 April.

The man advised the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation the next day and has cooperated with department officials, according to a statement from the department.

The man is being investigated for offences under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Under the Act, it is an offence to deliberately harm, interfere or interact with dingoes.

A number of people have been attacked by dingoes at Fraser Island, including a girl and boy in separate incidents in April and two women in February.

Negative dingo encounters should be immediately reported to a Queensland Parks and Wildlife ranger by calling 4127 9150 or emailing dingo.ranger@qes.qld.gov.au.

The department has reminded visitors to the island to be dingo-safe by keeping children and young teenagers within arm’s reach, always walking in groups, always carrying a stick, never running or jogging, camping in fenced areas where possible, never feeding dingoes, locking food stores and ice boxes, never keeping food or food containers in tents, and keeping all bait and rubbish secured.

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