North Rocky residents on dingo alert

By FRAZER PEARCE

THE mauling of a dog in North Rockhampton has triggered a wild dog/dingo alert for thousands of residents living in bushland areas of the city.

As well as the near-fatal dog attack there are reports, as recently as last week, of wild dogs (cross-bred dingoes) in the Norman Gardens area.

The sightings were not restricted to that area with Rockhampton City Council trying to trap two wild dogs seen entering the city from near the QMag plant and crossing the Bruce Highway and Norman Road to the Berserker Ranges.

The council's manager of waste and regulatory services, Craig Dunglison, yesterday warned residents not to approach wild dogs and to treat them with caution.

"They are wild animals and unpredictable,'' he said.

A Norman Gardens resident, who did not want to be named, said her dog almost died in June after it was attacked outside her yard.

It was the same day she and other members of her family had seen a "dingo'' at their back gate.

"That night, (our dog) woofed, and then he was squealing,'' she said.

She and her husband found the dog with a deep wound to his shoulder.

They suspected a dingo attack. The 13-year-old dog survived after several touch-and-go weeks.

Mr Dunglison said they would try to set a trap up near the woman's home on the weekend.

Other residents in the Norman Gardens area said they regularly saw dingoes, but did not regard them as a threat.

Leah and Darren Gunder moved into their German Street home 12 months ago and said in May about 8am a wild dog had trotted from the street down the side of their house into bushland.

Their only concern was for their miniature fox terrier cross, Bronco, but they considered him safe when in their fenced yard.

Lyn Drew, in nearby Permien Street, said she found "a fullgrown'' wild dog in her yard last week.



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