A dingo has been euthanised by Queensland authorities after a woman was bitten by the wild animal on the popular tourist destination K'gari (formerly Fraser Island).
The woman was attacked while she was standing alone on the beach last month in what was the most recent "high-risk" incident involving the animal, according to the state's environment department.
"The dingo has demonstrated increasingly significant high-risk behaviours since it was tagged in January 2023, including stealing food, persistently approaching people, stalking, circling, lunging, nipping and biting," officials said.
Rangers had requested people to not prepare or eat food in the dingo's habitat of the Eli Creek part of the island.
They have also been warned against sunbathing there.
Despite the warnings, the dingo "continued its pattern of negative interactions towards people with a series of threatening and high-risk interactions recorded involving children, adults, and rangers, including six high-risk interactions," the department said.
The decision to put down the animal was a "last resort", officials said.
They also said many of the high-risk interactions on K'gari involved a second tagged dingo.
Rangers have stepped up patrols to monitor both animals, and authorities will continue to closely monitor the second dingo before making further decisions.
Meanwhile, visitors and residents on K'gari are reminded to remain vigilant.
The department is reminding people to always stay close (within arm's reach) of children and young teenagers; always walk in groups; camp in fenced areas where possible; do not run because it can trigger negative dingo behaviour; never feed dingoes; keep food stores and iceboxes, including on boats, locked up; never store food or food containers in tents; secure rubbish, fish and bait.
Anyone who experiences a negative incident involving a dingo should report it to a park ranger or phone 07 4127 9150 or email email@example.com as soon as possible.