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    Cool Dingo spotting.

    Hey guys,

    Just returned from Fraser Island. It was the first time the wife and kids had come along and i was super keen for them to see a Dingo.
    My mate had just got back the day we left and he had only seen 3 in 3 weeks so my hopes where not to high seeing as we only had 3 days over there. The locals seem to love em or hate em and a few definently 'dissapear' if they cause issues around the homes.
    I had drilled it into the kids, especially my dog obsessed daughter that these dogs where not to be approached or fed. I dont think it sunk in until we crossed the first of many electrified cattle grids that are part of the stupid and totally useless 'dingo fences'. The signs everywhere threatening big fines where hard to miss aswell. The death of a child in 2001 changed the island experience in a big way and while i dont agree with the way the dogs are managed i do play by the rules.

    Our first encounter wasnt what i was expecting....

    While evrEyone slept, 2 good mates, my 10 year old son and myself snuck of in the dark to chase fish. It's Tailor time after all and Fraser is the best place to catch them.

    So while i'm standing in knee deep water, while the surf crashes around me, staring at the stars on a near moonless night my mind started to wander. The only threat i could have imagined was from a captured Tailor trying to bite me or a wayward hook in a finger...
    The odd flash of a headtorch from my fishing companions spread 40 metres apart from each other been the only reminder i wasnt alone.
    I had no idea we where been watched.

    I dont know how.....it was that bloody dark, but i caught a flash of somthing light coloured against the black beach behind me. My torch just managed to light the dingo up and made his eyes glow a eery bright green as he stared at me while he made his way along the beach. Cool !!

    Then i realised my son was standing by himself in the dark....not cool. I made my way towards him and he responded to my call. He saw the green eyes too.
    He was beside me before i knew it..LOL. He was stoked to see his first Dingo but then a little fear got to him and he decided the best place for him was back in the 4x4. I thought that was a smart idea too. Better to be safe than sorry.

    He didnt hang around long,....my mates didnt even notice him.

    The next encounter happened just as we turned of the beach to cross the island again , homward bound to catch the barge back to the mainland.
    Casually as he's just strolling along the beach not detered by the beach traffic. As we stopped for photos he just strolls up to my mates truck as if to say.."got any tucker ???"
    It was pretty cool. The wife and kids where stoked to see thier first wild Dingo. I've seen heaps on our yearly fishing trips but they always entertain me. I hope they are around for ever.

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    Aw he was so skinny Lol makes me want to go back again!

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    looks like they could do with a bit of a feed. Awesome photos Sean...have a good time?

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    Yep, thats what $h!ts me so much about the way these dogs are managed. They seem to get skinnier and skinnier as the years roll on.

    They are a lean animal though and are much thinner than a 'normal' dog. Apparently they are still breeding so thats gotta be a good sign. The wild brumbies that where all culled or removed didnt do the dingos any favours. Imagine how much food was in one horse. Birds fly away, snakes are dangerous and monitor lizards would put up a hell of fight. Theres not much else for the poor buggers to chew on except scraps from humans and that leads to a bullet in the head for the poor dogs.

    Bloods starting to boil....chill Seano, chill.


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    Yep it's ****ed up. You would think in a national park that the wildlife would come first. We are in there territory after all.

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    Yes those dingos are under weight But Dingos are naturally skinny no matter how much you feed them there metabolism they do often look under a little under weight. I say this from experience and I have heard the same from nearly every other dingo owner cross or pure.

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    OH those poor things!!! i didn't realise that the dingoes up there were in such bad shape! :'(
    that just breaks my heart to see them so skinny!
    I wish Australia would actually start treating them with respect and care like all the other native animals get!!!
    its not just the fact that they are skinny that angers me... its the fact that australia doesn't care that they are dying!

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