Don't kill them, let them stay here: Dingo Sanctuary owner
A DINGO carer is outraged that the Government has been choosing to euthanise what it has identified as problematic Fraser Island dingoes.
Durong Dingo Sanctuary owner Simon Stretton, who has cared for dingoes for 20 years, houses wild dingoes at his facility and has room to take more in.
Mr Stretton has spoken out after six Fraser Island dingoes were destroyed since the start of last year.
Some of those were due to ill health while others because of aggressive behaviour.
"I'm very upset that these dingoes have been killed," Mr Stretton said.
"Instead of euthanising them, they could have brought them here.
"If they let me know about them, I would have gone to Fraser Island and transported them myself."
Mr Stretton said he has offered his service to the Government multiple times but has been ignored.
"More needs to be done to protect the dingoes rather than just killing them," he said. "I'm just one person and I feel just helpless."
A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokesperson said there were no plans to send dingoes to Mr Stretton's facility.
They attributed this decision to previous experiences of sending dingoes to sanctuaries, which showed that putting wild dingoes in captivity subjected them to stress and becoming a danger to other animals and humans.
The QPWS spokesperson used a trial in 1994 as an example, when three Fraser Island dingoes were relocated to David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast.
"This trial was considered a failure, resulting in the two surviving dingoes being euthanised after a young girl was attacked and bitten through double-mesh fencing," the spokesperson said.
"This incident was in addition to the problems experienced by keepers trying to manage and care for difficult, dangerous and unhappy dingoes."
Aware of this incident, Mr Stretton said it was unreasonable to judge from a scenario that happened decades back.
"That was in a trial run that happened more than 20 years ago," Mr Stretton said.
"I've been living with dingoes for a long time,.
"Going to a sanctuary will put some stress on the dingoes, but living on Fraser Island and having people driving and walking past, have to be tagged and constantly disturbed; that's a stressful life.
"They'll be around other dingoes, and they'll be alive."