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Dingoes not fed near camp: owner

AN INDIGENOUS owner of the K'Gari Education Centre camping ground says dingoes were not being fed near where a German man was attacked on Saturday.

Mally Clarke, who co-owns the Fraser Island camp, said the site was regularly visited by two dingoes which had been given the names Inky and Winky.

"We've got camp dogs there, they're really good and they don't bite anyone," Ms Clarke said.

"They're not really tame, but they're good dogs and they listen to me.

"They have been here since they were pups."

She said while historically, dingoes had been fed and had lived as companions to her ancestors, the camp strictly enforced the no-feeding rule and had recently agreed for a fence to be built.

"We don't feed them, we are not allowed to anymore," she said.

"I wish we could get feeding stations for them, because I think they'd be happier with full guts. It would be a tourist attraction."

While at first she didn't like the idea of a fence around the camp, the owners realised it was necessary.

"We're running a business and we have to keep people safe," Ms Clarke said.

The man who was attacked, a 23-year-old German named Justin, said he had watched two dingoes try to steal a bag containing food at the K'Gari centre, but he was not worried because they were known as the "camp dingoes".

He said owners told campers to lock their bags in steel cages so the animals could not get them.

Ms Clarke said as well as a full briefing by rangers, camp staff advised tourists to carry sticks and avoid running in case it excited the dingoes.

"I tell people, don't run - just say 'naughty' to them and they will back off," she said.

"I can say 'naughty' to those dingoes and they will go away.

"The dingoes listen to me more than the tourists do."

Topics:  animals attack dingoes food k'gari


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