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Man cops $500 fine for feeding Fraser Island dingo

Werner Schmidt faced Maryborough magistrate’s court Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to one count of feeding a dangerous animal.
Werner Schmidt faced Maryborough magistrate’s court Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to one count of feeding a dangerous animal. Contribuited

A CABOOLTURE man has been convicted and fined $500 after feeding a dingo at Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island in 2014.

Werner Schmidt faced Maryborough magistrate's court Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to one count of feeding a dangerous animal.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service executive director Neil Cambourn said on October 3 2014, rangers saw the 65-year-old man throw bread at the dingo.

"The dingo then hung around and a ranger chased it away," Mr Cambourn said.

"Rangers issued the man with a $341 penalty infringement notice or PIN; he contested this PIN and later changed his plea to guilty."

Magistrate Smith considered the nature and seriousness of the offence.

Mr Cambourn said the fine sent a clear message that feeding dingoes was illegal and anyone breaking the law would face the consequences.

"It's important to remember that dingoes are wild, dangerous animals capable of injuring people and should be treated as such," he said.

"Since 1999 QPWS has recorded more than 160 high-risk interactions between humans and dingoes on Fraser Island.

"The interactions included nipping, biting, attacking, hunting, bailing up and lunging.

"Fed dingoes associate humans with food, become bold, and may attack humans. In that case, the dogs have to be humanely destroyed."

He said visitors needed to remember a fed dingo was a dead dingo.

"We urge Fraser Island residents and visitors to follow the rules for their own safety and the safety of others," he said.

"The best food for native animals, such as dingoes, is the natural food they find themselves."

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