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A wild dog has been identified as the most likely culprit for the weekend’s attack at Conway Beach.
Whitsunday Regional Council officers spoke with the mother of the injured child and she gave a description of the offending animal which matches that of a wild dog, including a white tip on the tail.
Council officers have visited all homes in the area with dogs and none of the animals matched the latest description confirming that is was likely a wild dog.
Council have now increased patrols, scented the area and placed foothold traps as feral dogs/dingoes will not go into a cage trap.
Although no foothold traps will be placed in public areas, people taking their dogs to the Conway Beach area need to ensure their dogs are on a lead at all times and also make sure their children are supervised.
Aerial baiting was conducted in October 2017 and included the Conway National Park area – both feral pigs and wild dog being the targeted animal.
Council Local Law Officers attend daily to any complaints ensuring safety of community regarding aggressive or stray dogs.
If people or their dogs are subject to an attack they should immediately contact Council and gather information to identify the offending dog and, if possible, where it is kept.
If anyone has information which could help identify the offending animal please contact council on 1300 WRC QLD.