Dingo on brink of extinction, say conservationists

Perth Now THE WA Dingo Association is calling for a ban on aerial baiting for vermin control in a radical bid to save Australia’s native dog from extinction.

Association president Nic Papalia says dingoes are being driven to extinction and is leading a push to have them listed as an endangered species.

Mr Papalia said the animals which once roamed the country are now restricted to remote habitats where they are under threat from aerial baiting programs using poisons such as 1080.

“Aerial baiting is eco-vandalism,” he said.

“Dingoes play an important role in the eco-system and are essential in the wild for the survival of small native species such as bilbies, quolls, rare wallabies and possums.

“In areas where the dingo has been exterminated, aggressive predators, such as foxes and wild cats, have wiped out these significant species.”

Mr Papalia said high profile tragedies on Fraser Island and the Azaria Chamberlain case had prejudiced attitudes towards the dingo, which remains the only Australian species listed as vermin.

He said Australia holds the world record for mammal extinctions, losing 20 species in the past 200 years.

“It would be an abomination if dingoes were added to this list, ” he said.

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13 responses to “Dingo on brink of extinction, say conservationists

  1. Anonymous

    i had a pet black dingo they are the most loving pet i could have
    they should be protected. it angers me to hear how danges the media makes them out to be.

  2. dani california

    i don’t know much about dingo’s but what i do know is that they are adorable and any animal that cute and probably loving should be protected!

  3. Anonymous

    i know dingo’s are so cute i would love to have one as a pet would’nt you XD.I agree with you compleatly thay should be protected!!!!

  4. tim

    protect them now before they are xbred into extinction, save the few pure ones on Freser island and maybe cull idiot tourists who think its ok to play with wild doge ard are supprised when their children are eaten.

  5. Anonymous

    We need to save the dingoes they are native to australia and we want to keep our heritage alive! No-one deserves to die and dingoes are things they are animals and at the end of the day they are no different to humans. SAVE THE DINGOES!

  6. anonymous

    I NEED A DINGO

  7. dingo lover

    I agree with Tim!

  8. dingo lover #2

    omg dingo lover

  9. Anonymous

    Dingoes have never been the big problem. A native dingo will generally run off if felt threatened. The problem lies with the inter-breeding between the native dingo and domestic dogs (uncontrolled breeding by dog owners and/or escaped domestic dogs). It is these mixed breeds that are the major concern in Australia! These mixed-bred dogs are savage, hunt in large packs and will not back down to anything, human or animal. There causing chaos for Australian farmers and governments need to act or the native dingo will become out-bred and feral dogs will take over.

  10. See related entry on dingoes suppressing other feral predators here at ConservationBytes.com.

    CJA Bradshaw

  11. deedee

    I currently have a dingo… We rescued him from the bushes about a year ago.he is the most loveable dog i have had.He has a great personality and is adorable.We live in hawaii and have to move back to the mainland. we have to give him away. I am worried about what might happen to him. does anyone know what i can do with him?

  12. André Geißenhöner

    “Dingoes have never been the big problem. A native dingo will generally run off if felt threatened. The problem lies with the inter-breeding between the native dingo and domestic dogs (uncontrolled breeding by dog owners and/or escaped domestic dogs). It is these mixed breeds that are the major concern in Australia! These mixed-bred dogs are savage, hunt in large packs and will not back down to anything, human or animal. There causing chaos for Australian farmers and governments need to act or the native dingo will become out-bred and feral dogs will take over.”

    Yeah right, that’s the same crap, farmers say about “pure” dingoes. I think it’s more coincidence that these dogs are mongrels. Or do you people really believe that a “pure” dingo will always react like you discribed it? Think of Fraser Island, or will you say that these are mongrels too? And by the way, if the interbreeding is so widespread and many mongrels can’t be distinguished by look from a “pure” dingo, than what peple know about “pure” dingoes is probably often based on mongrels.

  13. Anonymous

    I own you Dee Dee.

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