I’m really starting to get sick and tired of hearing about animals being killed after idiot people get themselves or others into situations where animals attack, whether provoked or unprovoked.
Yesterday, yet another toddler was mauled by a dingo on Fraser Island. It’s a tragic event, but one that can be easily avoidable if the parents just keep an eye on their children. Apparently the toddler and her family were on the beach watching two dingoes. The toddler wandered off up the beach and over a sand dune into the bush and the dingoes chased after her and she was mauled luckily only for a matter of seconds before passer bys and members of her family chased the dingoes away. However, even though these irresponsible people allowed this situation to arise, it was inevitably the dingoes that suffered most of all when they were later tracked down and shot dead by rangers.
In all of these cases the victims have been young children.
Dingoes are a subspecies of Canis lupus (the grey wolf), Canis lupus dingo and are closely related to the domestic dog, Canis lupus familiaris. Dingo numbers in Australia are dwindling and the subspecies purity, at least on the mainland, is no longer 100% due interbreeding with domestic dogs. Fraser Island is considered Australia’s last bastion of the pure dingo, though they are under threat from lack of food resources. Numbers on the island are estimated to be up to 300, with 231 of which have been tagged. And yet we keep being faced with having to kill dingoes that attack our neglected children. It’s like we’re throwing food in front of the starving and then slapping them as they reach for it…
I doubt the answer is killing the dingoes who attack, as this has happened on each occasion, so every subsequent attack has been a first time for the dingoes involved. They’re simply taking advantage of a situation that should arise in the first place, and in the light of the fact that their food sources are limited on the island, what do you expect people???
I’m sorry if I seem callous and have no sympathy for the parents, as I don’t, I hold them to blame, as well as parks and wildlife as they don’t seem to be doing enough to let people know the risks. I do feel for the victims, the dingoes as much if not more than the children, but I think the parents/families should be punished if they invite an animal attack on themselves or their children through blatant irresponsibility or neglect, especially if it leads to the killing of the threatened and protected wild animals involved in the attack. A large fine if nothing else, considering the dingo is a subspecies that is listed as vulnerable, a step from endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
One way or another, I truly hope something changes in the future as children being mauled by wild animals that are subsequently hunted down is something that can be so easily avoided… To anyone going to Fraser Island in the near future, buy a child leash.