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bloodhound31
2011-Sep-30, 01:32 PM
Before I start this story, please know that it is not a good idea to approach wild dogs or coax them to become familiar with humans. This could potentially lead to threatening behaviour if they get too bold and used to us. Authority warnings and info here. (http://www.tams.act.gov.au/play/pcl/parks_reserves_and_open_places/national_parks/namadgi_national_park/living_with_wild_dogs_in_namadgi_national_park)

Today's walk into deeper parts of Namadgi led me to some dingo (managed as wild dogs) territory. The Dingoes up there have apparently been interbreeding over the years from time to time with domestic dogs, which affects their colours and markings.

A good friend of mine who is in the know gave me some great intelligence on where to find the wild dogs. I left early this morning and made my way into the valley after a fresh dump of snow on the peaks last night. As I crossed the grassy plains, I got rain, sleet, sunshine, wind snow and soggy boots! I thought I could be in Melbourne...

This trip was specifically to look for the Dingoes so I was prayin' hard for just on dear Lord! Just one and I'll be happy! He gave me three! The first one paralleled me for some time before it realised I was there and suddenly stopped to look at me. After a few brief moments exchanging stares, it took off to the top of a nearby knoll and started bark-howling at me for a few minutes. I was one happy photographer!

I followed a creek and crossed a fair amount of grassy swampland for about three and a half kilometers before crossing the creek on the steep side and walking back. About a kilometer back, I decided to prop in the middle of the low-lying grass land and camouflage myself for a bit of a stake-out below the dens. I was rewarded withing minutes with not one, but two wild dogs. One walked toward me to investigate. I used my lens to zoom in as far as I could to get some shots of it before it spooked and bolted back up the hill into the bush. The other one about 200 metres to my right was already running up the hill with something in it's mouth. Unfortunately I didn't get a shot of that one.

I had noticed a few bones around belonging to kangaroos and upon inspection, there were quite a few with gnaw-marks in them. I also came across a very healthy pile of scat next to a rancid kangaroo skin.The scat had a few beetles in it, along with some textured seed and plenty of fur. Looks like they are well fed dogs.

All up, a very exciting and productive day! Praise God! Now to buy a bigger lens!

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BigDon
2011-Sep-30, 02:37 PM
Careful Ace!

(and nice pictures!)

We had issues with wild dogs eating hitchhikers at night on the way to Las Vegas. A friend of mine who was a turquoise miner made the grim discovery after his motorcycle got a flat rear tire while he was heading into town to sell some blanks. (Ovals of polished turquoise.) He was also an avid tracker and outdoorsman and knew hinckyness was up right away as soon as he got off the bike. Shredded clothing and bones all on the shady side of the nearby bushes, dog foot prints everywhere.

And then HE was attacked! A group of stragglers about seven in numbers.

The first thing at hand was a rotten manzanita branch about eight feet long that came apart on the first swing but still held together enough to break the first attacking dog's ribs. Dogs being dogs the rest of the pack then set on the injuried one and when they were dismembering it my friend hopped on his bike with the flat rear tire and got the hell out of there.

And came back with the authorities, as any descent human being would. The victim had been a male 20 to 22. They think the attack happened in the early AM as the victim was wearing three shirts and two sets of levi's. (The way the dogs bit the cloths off preserved the layering). and it wasn't those seven dogs. By pacing up and down the section of highway my friend realized they were dealing with a pack of german shepard sized dogs that he said numbered at least 78.

My friend was of the type to take a dim view of such behavior.

Whenever he wasn't mining he was out scouting and his efforts paid off in his discovering the uber pack had a big oval track they followed that was twenty by ten miles that crossed the highway to Vegas at two points, one of which was where the poor hitchhiker was eaten. After he learned their route he followed it to see where they were on it. One of the things he learned was the dogs moved on a broad front at night he he would see where a small section of the line would flush something small and get run down and consumed by three or four dogs and that was how the whole pack fed for the most part.

After he got their route and routine down solid he gathered some friends and waited for them one night, as men will do. (That's a seperate story though.0



Make sure none of the kangaroos are wearing levis...:)

Are you allowed to carry?

bloodhound31
2011-Sep-30, 02:49 PM
Wow! Mate, what a story! That deserves a thread of it's own! ;)

Nope, not allowed to carry (Guns) in national parks. The Dingoes are culled and baited around graziers, but within the national park they are protected.

Swift
2011-Sep-30, 02:58 PM
bloodhound31,

I love the pictures (and the story), but you are approaching some limits here. We tend to limit embedded pictures to 100k (see Rule 8 (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php/32864-**-Rules-For-Posting-To-This-Board-**)) and your photos are all over this limit. With five in one post, that is really pushing it. We would appreciate it if you could use links instead of images, or post them as thumbnails. You might consider editing your post above. Thanks for you cooperation. If you have any questions, please drop one of the mods a PM

bloodhound31
2011-Sep-30, 03:06 PM
bloodhound31,

I love the pictures (and the story), but you are approaching some limits here. We tend to limit embedded pictures to 100k (see Rule 8 (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php/32864-**-Rules-For-Posting-To-This-Board-**)) and your photos are all over this limit. With five in one post, that is really pushing it. We would appreciate it if you could use links instead of images, or post them as thumbnails. You might consider editing your post above. Thanks for you cooperation. If you have any questions, please drop one of the mods a PM

I'm happy to help, and will do as you ask with no probs, but I'm a bit confused. These pictures aren't uploaded to your site, they are hotlinks to Tinypic, where I uploaded them there. I tried to keep them all 800x600 as usual so no-one has to scroll and all under 200kb...Is that not right?

Edit: ok, I see now. Let me fix it.

Baz.