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Don't blame the dingoes, blame their human management

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EVERY Fraser Island dingo that is killed and every tourist who suffers even an imagined threat, let alone an attack, provides a reason for removing the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service from any position of authority on Fraser Island.

As John Sinclair observed, no-one can recall any significant dingo incidents on Fraser Island before the QPWS took over.

And John Sinclair in his later years was no friend of the island dingoes or their advocates.

The QPWS is fond of claiming its management regime is backed by science, but that is only the science it has paid for.

Its management is based on the erroneous belief that any human contact makes dingoes aggressive, a view said to be scientific because it was advanced by a QPWS-paid contract scientist.

But other scientists, not engaged by the QPWS say the data, Canadian research into coyotes (which are not the same as dingoes anyway) shows no such convincing link.

It is also claimed that the island's dingo management strategy has been scientifically justified by an independent review conducted by a similarly........

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