You’d have to convince me otherwise that these bulky, 6.6 pounds of satellite, tracking device collars are not cumbersome and do not hinder the movement of the dingoes on Fraser Island.It is estimated that the Fraser Island dingoes travel around  24 miles in a day. The most frequent questions asked. What is the stress level involved and how much vegetation and scrub does get caught up in the antenaes that are attached to these collars. Sub-adult dingoes have also been fitted with these super heavy tracking devices that force low head holding, slower travel and restricted movement thus hindering play, feed, swimming and all dingo daily activities.One questions if these collars hinder growing muscles in the dingo pup.

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We need to re-establish the natural balance of the island home for the dingoes.A review of both the leg traps used for the island dingoes and bulky collars is underway this year, nonetheless the annual trapping and tagging and questionable ‘research’ methods need to be re-evaluated with the welfare of the dingo in mind and to make sure that the survival of the dingo species continues. There is also not enough natural food resources on Fraser Island and many stomach examinations of postmortem reports highlight that the dingoes were surviving on 37% vegetable matter, 30% fish and 23% garbage such as plastic bags,tin foil,meat packaging pads and also that 10% had empty stomachs.This means that some were even starving at the time of death.Apparently only 12% of stomach contents showed signs of mammal or reptile content.(Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf:is the dingo friend or foe?)The Conversation.

Claudia Bensimoun

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