‘Wild canine’ in controversial photograph taken in outback Queensland identified as ‘pure’ dingoes

It was a hanging, and for some, uncomfortable, picture.

Golden “wild canine” strung from bushes off the facet of a vacationer highway in outback Queensland.

DNA testing has revealed these so-called wild canine have been in truth “pure” dingoes.

“They have been like 99.9 per cent, which is the best worth you could get from the DNA testing that we do,” genetic researcher Kylie Cairns mentioned.

“It confirmed what we already knew from earlier work in and round western Queensland, that the dingoes in that space are pure dingoes.

“We’ve beforehand examined lots of of samples out of Queensland, and overwhelmingly, the animals take a look at as being pure dingoes, significantly for those who’re in distant or extra central Queensland.”

Dr Cairns, from the University of New South Wales, says hybridisation between native dingoes and feral canine is way much less widespread than beforehand thought. 

Kylie Cairns wearing a blue UNSW shirt, looking into the distance in bushland.
Kylie Cairns is a geneticist from UNSW who specialises in dingoes.(ABC News: Michael Slezak)

A dingo by some other identify?

“Largely, I believe the group, together with livestock graziers, can be unaware that while you’re speaking about wild canine that which means dingoes,” Dr Cairns mentioned.

“I believe the time period wild canine is complicated to lots of people as a result of they don’t realise that time period contains dingoes. They assume that wild canine and dingoes are various things.

A golden dingo looking towards the camera with its tongue out, surrounded by shrubs and grasses.
Dr Cairns says the overwhelming majority of untamed canine in western Queensland are pure dingoes.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

“Lots of people imagine as a result of there’s been this fantasy going round for many years, that there is no pure dingoes left in the wild … we all know that is not true. … there’s very, little or no hybridisation.”

But National Wild Dog Management coordinator on the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions Greg Mifsud mentioned earlier analysis has proven there are many hybrids in outback Queensland. 

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