Dingo management update.

MidCoast Council is again warning the community NOT to approach or feed Dingoes in the Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest area, following the need for lethal control of a sub-adult pack this week.

The three males and two females had been involved in at least five incidents involving people and domestic pets over the last month, all increasing in ferocity.

The spate of incidents in the area prompted Council, along with National Parks and Wildlife Services and Local Land Services to begin surveillance of the group, where it was deemed that their behaviour had escalated to an unacceptable public risk.

Council follows an adopted dingo management procedure that is a risk management model based on the highly successful program in place on Fraser Island.

We are all really disappointed that it has come to this,” said Council’s Senior Ecologist, Mat Bell.

We know that Dingoes can and should be allowed to live around the Hawks Nest area, but human intervention – while those feeding them may think they’re being kind – is what has caused the dangerous change in this pack’s behaviour.”

Mr Bell said that when dingoes are fed by humans, the territory where this frequently occurs becomes worth defending and sometimes within days they may become territorial and exhibit increased aggression against those they perceive as a threat.

It’s imperative that the community gets behind this important message and please, do not approach or feed the dingoes.

We cannot have this continue, ultimately it’s the dingoes that suffer,” he said.

Council has created an online reporting form for members of the public to share information about interactions and incidents with dingoes, while Rangers have also been advised to issue penalties to anyone caught ignoring Dingo Smart advice.

Our Rangers will be following up on reports of residents feeding dingoes, but the compliance issue also falls to instances where bins haven’t been secured properly and food scraps are easily accessible,” said  Mr Bell.

We’re also working closely with experts from Taronga Zoo and the University of NSW to increase understanding of the dingoes in our region and we’ll be running a pre-Easter awareness campaign to ensure everyone is on board to protect our dingoes before the holiday period, we’ll need the community to be advocates and lead by example to stop tourists from feeding and approaching dingoes too.”

For further information on the dingo management procedure visit Council’s website www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au