“The plight of the threatened Dingo”

Considered neither wild dog, wolf hybrid, domesticated dog gone wild or unique subspecies of the domesticated dog, Canis lupus dingo is a survivor. It has successfully adapted to a diverse sets of habitats with and without human contact.

Threatened dingoes

Threatened dingoes

The y are very agile and mobile with small, rounded ears that remain erect. The hindquarters are lean and muscular. The coat is soft with fur length, and thickness and texture that varies according to its regional climate. The coat is normally colored a yellow-ginger (reddish brown), but can occur in tan, black or white, including an occasional brindle; albinos have also been seen.

All purebred Dingos have white hair on their feet and tail tip. Unlike most other breeds, dingos do not have dew claws ( vestigial extra claws ), Dogs usually have them on the front legs and occasionally also on the hind legs.

Depending on where they call home their diet varies with the environment of prey among whom they live.170 species (from insects to buffaloes) have been identified as being part of the dingo diet. In general, livestock seems to make up only a small

Adult wild dingoes

Adult wild dingoes

Dietary changes with their habitat from feral pigs and wallabies in the gulf region of Queensland, to  magpie-geese, rodents and agile wallabies in the rainforests of the North. European rabbits, rodents, lizards, and red kangaroos form the diet staples of the dingo in the southern regions of the Northern-Territory; whereas they eat rabbits, rodents, lizards, red kangaroos, and cattle carcass in arid central Australia. In the dry North-Western region the dingo prefer to dine on Eastern Wallaroos and red kangaroos. In the deserts of the South-West they primarily eat rabbits and in the eastern and south-eastern highlands wallabies, opossums, and wombats.

Versatile hunters they do not mind stealing their prey from eagles when they can. Dingo can coordinate an attack to kill large monitor lizards, fish or beg human food. Around man dingoes consume domestic cats and small stock. Non mammalian prey is irregularly eaten and makes up only 10% of the dingo’s diet. Large reptiles are  rarely captured, at least in Eastern Australia, although they are widespread.

Dingos communicate through a wide range of vocalizations including howls, yipes, mouning sounds, but do not bark like domesticated dogs.

Frazier Island conservation group  invites you to come see, but do not feed or over react around the dingos they are wild animals. The dingos need your help to survive.

Please donate today. Click here to SAVE FRASER ISLAND DINGOES.
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/299990?m=de0957a2

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingo
Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/dingo.html

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s1335391.htm
Image courtesy of http://www.walkaboutpark.com.au/UserFiles/Image/MainPhoto/dingo.jpg

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2 Comments

  1. mytruthaustralia said,

    September 29, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Canis Lupus Dingo which means (Canine Gray Wolf Dingo), descendant from the Indian and Arabian Wolves and sub species of the Gray Wolf… So not dogs at all, they are wolf like…. Declared indigenous to Australia …
    “Native Australian Wolf” ….and quote unquote ” Super Smarty Pants” from a behavioral scientist…essential top predator in the Australian eco-system
    Still considered vermin in Queensland!

    Welcome and Thanks for your support and contribution’s
    Lots of very informed information at your finger tips
    Please add your comments, any photos.
    Special note to those QPWS Park Rangers who deserve our respect, and thanks for your help and support during my time working on the island, they are not only about dingoes and do great work. This is not personal guys if you see this remember its about the dingoes and you know who you are…my friends

    FACE BOOK ‘group’ / SAVE FRASER ISLAND DINGOES

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=102445695086

    We are active in our fight!
    Loaded with current info, photo’s, media articles, events etc.

    Headline News!!!
    Local wildlife photographer/writer raided by 5 Government Officers and 1 Police Officer…Gestapo style!!!

    http://sosnews.org/newsfront/

    THE CAUSE !!!

    Firstly an ATTACK by definition is relentless and make no mistake there is a huge difference between dominance play amongst juveniles, up to18mths with nips and clothing ripped to a full fledged ATTACK !!! This MUST be clarified.
    The dingo societies close to townships have shown no concern or threat, living harmoniously with their human co-inhabitants, so Ms Jones does not know what she is talking about..she has been feed by QPWS …lol.
    Note: no scat contained the human food component as the primary food source
    QPWS runs a fear mythology…effecting attitudes and responses from visitors, incidents are positive when they don’t believe they are going to be “attacked” and eaten…!!!

    QPWS management is what is effecting the dingoes behaviour, they too are on a heightened sense of alert

    *Constant hazing and fragmentation of dingo societies/family groups or packs which is not so much on Fraser with no large prey… so sustain solitary hunting of smaller prey and scavenging is the order of the day
    *Destruction of Alpha, dominant adults, juveniles killed for dominance play sparing only the subordinate weaker beta and gamma dingoes, fracturing family networks, orphaned puppies..
    Along with aggressive culling the fragmentation and demise of strong cohesive dingo societies was also contributed to the electrification of fence.
    We have wiped out ‘Family’ groups of many generations Eurong Second Valley will never be the same…these days it is survival at the dump…with juveniles breeding..no adults….alarming!

    *STOP THE KILLING

    *EAR TAGGING must be over 12 mths of age
    Until an alternative can be found for identification

    *ENFORCE Close parental guidance / supervision, criminal charges should apply for negligence

    *STOP HAZING
    (Hazing involves pelting the dingoes with clay pellets using a sling shot.)
    This invokes fear into the dingo for all the wrong reasons, instead of encouraging shyness from humans it is evolving the dingoes behaviour to react as we are now the enemy and not peaceful companions in their environment, and are behaving accordingly.
    Have we not learnt from the initial invasion of this beautiful country… do we still persist on destroying the fruits she has to offer, the culture, the people, the flaura, the fauna and its breathtaking landscapes and diversity which we all call home.

    NO HAND FEEDING…Huge fines should apply.
    BUT we need food supplemented out of the eye of the public depending on the environment and what it can sustain….so slowly wean off the human food component with constant monitoring on the impact of prey species and their availability.
    Basically the withdraw of the human food component completely which is a necessary part of their diet < 20% including plastics etc (which was much higher before NO FEEDING) OR…will in fact, which the studies have shown since the implementation of this stategy came in…results have shown an impact on all prey species to the detriment/wipeout of some on Fraser Island!
    And it is HIGH SEASON TOURISM and winter FISHING that impacts on the diet of dingoes not the townships!!!
    …again poo doesn't lie!

    DINGOES NEED YOUR HELP, help with all the facts and supporting evidence or just a push in the right direction

    The people in Victoria have been succesful in lobbying their government to have the Dingo classified as an Endagered species from previous classification as a pest.
    ……lobby the Qld Governemnt!

    If we can't save World Heritage Sites and it inhabitants what hope does the planet have. We are voices of many
    … Our government fails to follow recommendations, dismissing current and past studies carried out by independant scientists and researchers and fail to adhere to their own management strategy e.g.. In fact the QPWS Fraser Island Dingo Management Strategy states that documented evidence of the animals behavior (preferably using digital photos) must be used to confirm the allegations before an animal can be destroyed (FIDMS Review 2006 p 37).
    REQUESTING also signed statements or video, proof of identification from complaintants and witnesses.

    Clarification and reform of QPWS/DERM Dingo classification A-E.
    'E' is Dangerous and Aggressive and by definition- unrelenting attack, biting under continued self-defense.
    Alarming considering recent discussions with QPWS/DERM Management definition 'E' seems to be very blurred from being now a lunge to the accurate above definition.
    'E' Does result in the animal being destroyed…..!

    QUESTION IS! when has any recently reported incident invovled repeated biting with outpatient hospital care?????

    Reform or more to the truth adherence to the polices, operations and advice set down in FIDMS 2001 with Dr Laurie Corbett as advisor and revised by QPWS 2006 waiving recommendations. The current agenda by QPWS effects the future sustainability of dingoes. Their immediate future is bleak and of course insults and disrespects all the dedicated hard work put in by our scientists and conservationists.

  2. mytruthaustralia said,

    September 29, 2009 at 6:10 am

    SAVE FRASER ISLAND DINGOES Committee is a non-profit organisation and although Working Together we are not affiliated with the Face Book Cause referenced above.


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