Child bitten by dingo on K’gari as rangers work to track the animal down

A child has reportedly been bitten by a dingo on a beach in Queensland as her mother attempted to photograph the animal.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) said they are investigating after a dingo attacked a 7-year-old girl on K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) on Thursday while travelling with her family.

QPWS said a family were waiting for a ferry back to the mainland when they saw a dingo loitering around the ferry landing.

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“The mother exited the vehicle to take photos of the dingo, and was unaware that her children had also gotten out of the vehicle,” QPWS said in a statement.

“The dingo approached the girl, who became frightened and ran.”

The spokesperson said the dingo chased the girl and bit her on the thigh, leaving her with puncture wounds, before it was chased away by people nearby.

The girl’s parents told rangers that they would be taking her for medical treatment once they returned to the mainland.

Rangers said they were still investigating the incident and are attempting to identify the dingo involved.

QPWS confirmed the Queensland Government has invested an additional $2 million in funding and an additional $3 million annually to help boost public safety on K’gari after a spate of recent attacks.

“The funding will create jobs for an additional six QPWS rangers, three specialist staff and four additional Indigenous rangers in partnership with the Traditional Owners, the Butchulla People,” QPWS said.

In September, a dingo was put down on K’gari after repeated and persistent dangerous behaviour towards people on the island.

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