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Best dingo defence

Electric fences, personal protection, and shock collars could be the best ways to keep people safe from dingoes while visiting Fraser Island, according to Aussie researchers.

The scientists looked at 108 previous studies of unpleasant things humans can use in order to change animals’ behaviours.

While the results don’t support shooting dingoes with non-lethal projectiles such as rubber bullets, marbles, or paint balls, they do suggest personal protection such as chemical irritant sprays and “sturdy umbrellas” could be useful in keeping the Aussie outback dogs away.

Video credit: PhD student Rob Appleby, of Griffith’s Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University
Image credit: Rob Appleby

This story was first published in The Fence magazine.

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