Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

The Dingo: Friend or Foe?

Current wild dog management in NSW aims to protect Dingoes in their core habitat areas. But, as the Regulatory Review Committee of the NSW Parliament has noted, “it is however anomalous that the main NSW initiative to conserve existing Dingo populations is being undertaken under an Act that will classify them, statewide, as a pest requiring eradication.” This intended protection program will be through plans developed by Rural Lands Protection Boards that are concerned with stock losses, not Dingo conservation.

Aggressive eradication of wild dogs and tokenistic conservation efforts are not going to reverse the extinction of the Dingo, which is primarily caused by interbreeding with feral dogs. Meanwhile, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting lethal experiments on endangered Quolls in the wilderness areas of Kosciuszko to justify its wild dog management to farmer critics and is preparing environmental studies to support its aerial 1080 poison baiting programs in the parks of northern NSW.

If you would like to read the text of Colong Foundation's nomination of Dingo Populations as endangered under the Threatened Species Conservation Act, 1995 download attached .pdf (92.29KB) and maps download attached .pdf (757.43KB)

Book Review by Alex Colley: 'Living with the Dingo' 

The book, by Mr Adam O'Neill, was launched at a Colong Foundation Seminar on Dingoes in 2002.

Mr O'Neill explains why dingoes play an important role in maintaining ecological balance in Australia.

(If you would like to read this review, download attached .pdf 7.81KB)

Media releases on dingo conservation