Woman bitten by pack of dingoes in attack on K’gari

Dingo attack on K'gari

A woman has been left with injuries to her lower body after being bitten by a pack of dingoes on Queensland’s K’gari.

She was flown to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition with wounds to her limbs and torso after suffering “multiple bite wounds” about 9am on Monday, the Queensland Ambulance Service said.

Four dingoes attacked the woman while she was jogging near the Orchid Beach area in the island’s north-east, according to media reports. She ran into the water to try to escape.

Queensland’s Department of Environment confirmed the woman was chased into the ocean by four wongari (dingoes).

“She is receiving first aid for her injuries,” a spokesman said on Monday.

“The full details of the incident are not yet known, and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will conduct an investigation.

“Residents and visitors to the island are advised to be dingo-safe at all times,” the spokesman said.

It’s the latest in several incidents that have prompted safety warnings for visitors to the tourist destination formerly known as Fraser Island.

They include an eight-year-old boy being attacked on a beach earlier this month and a dingo dragging an 10-year-old boy under water in June.

Rangers also euthanised a dingo last month following months of attacks on the island, including biting a seven-year-old boy and a 42-year-old woman.

They reminded people to remain vigilant, especially when it came to supervising children.

“There are too many instances where children are not being appropriately supervised – on K’gari, this means children and teenagers must be within arm’s reach of an adult at all times,” ranger Danielle Mansfield said last month.


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