I seen a tv show this week here in the U.S.A on Dingo's in Australia. Man they look so much like a domestic dog and don't seam to run from man when in countered ? Are they that much of a wild animal ? Do you guys in Australia trap them? Is there a season or need special permit? What size traps and sets work ? Any value for there fur ? Can you tell just by looking at them that they are not a Domestic dog or is it that you know they are a dingo because of the remote location were you seen them or harvested them at? Any pictures if dingos would be great. Thanks.
Haven't been on t man for quite a while but better late than never!
The dingos in the show were probably filmed in some area where they are protected or used to humans. There are some places (such as Fraser Island) where they caus trouble with campers and have even attacked children.
Dingoes in areas where they are hunted are as much of a wild animal as a coyote or wolf.
The politics and status of dingoes is much debated. On one hand they are a native animal that is the natural predator but on the other they were actually introduced by people around 5-10 thousand years ago - so are they really native?
The other aspect is impact on agriculture which is huge - studies put the figure up towards $100million per year.
Then there is the hybridisation issue. Domestic dogs have been wandering and breeding with dingoes for 200 years now so the dingo population is becoming hybridised. One state has listed the dingo as a threatened species because of this and it is protected but also unprotected and a declared pest animal at the same time!
The dingo is often protected in national parks but free to shoot and trap on private land.
We use predator type sets and anything that would catch a coyote or wolf would also work for dingoes. Mostly we use scent post and flat sets but some dirt holes too. The dirt holes have only really been widely used since internet times.
We have our own Aussie traps but these days it's mostly coyote traps or repurposed beaver traps like Bridger #5.
They do have a particular look that you get used to and it's kinda like being able to tell a coyote from a husky even though they are superficially the same size and colour.