Government denies dingoes at risk

A Queensland disability pensioner and dingo enthusiast says the government’s plan for the native dog is putting it at risk of inbreeding.

Simon Stretton has a property with 18 dingoes from around the country but is battling biosecurity regulations because the state considers the wild dog to be a pest.

Stretton is particularly concerned with the Fraser Island population where he says a policy of culling problem animals will lead to interbreeding.

The Department of Environment and Heritage released a statement saying that they had not identified any risk to the dingoes on Fraser Island and would not support a plan to introduce new genetics to the local dingo population.

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