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Dingoes

Hawks Nest is one of the most beautiful locations on the NSW coast. It is known for its magnificent coastal landscape and diverse flora and fauna. It is also one of the few places on the NSW coast where Dingoes can still be observed.

Dingoes were first brought to Australia between 3500-5000 years ago by Aboriginal people. The Dingo helped with hunting, and kept food scraps down to a minimum. Following European settlement, the Dingo was hunted due to its impact on livestock. Today, Dingo populations are conserved in NSW in areas listed under schedule 2 of the Rural Lands Protection Act. Myall Lakes National Park is one of these areas.

Seeing Dingoes in their natural habitat is a privilege, so please watch them from a distance and NEVER approach or feed a Dingo.

A dingo or a Dingo hybrid which has lost its fear of humans and has become aggressive is managed as a “wild dog”. When wild dogs are fed or allowed to scavenge in rubbish for food scraps they lose their hunting skills and come to expect to be fed by humans.

Urban areas, such as Hawks Nest, provide easy food for wild dogs, with rubbish bins, scraps and ‘kind-hearted people’ who intentionally feed them. Aggressive wild dogs can pose a real risk to public safety. If you are concerned about the future of these animals in the Hawks Nest area, you should not approach the animals, feed or allow them near urban food sources.

Wild dogs in the Hawks Nest area are naturally lean, so don’t be fooled into feeding them. Feeding also creates an unnatural food source for wild dogs, promoting higher animal numbers.

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