Friday, June 21, 2013

Wild dog or ACT dingo?

please note photo is not of a wild dog.

I’ve seen what I believe was a pure bred dingo just west of Piccadilly Circus Brindabella. It stood out from all the ‘wild dogs’ I have seen. I'm told they talk of dingos in percentages of pureness now but regardless they remain an important part of the ecosystem. The first time I heard about Canberra’s long association with dingos was a remark from Lanyon in the 1830s relating to large stones being placed on a buried body to deter the digging up by dingos of the recently departed.

The Trove notification system just announced the release of two Canberra related articles digitised from 1976. One a discussion of sorts around a wild dog/dingo kill in the Orroral Valley and the other the ACT declaration of their protection.

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), Wednesday 14 April 1976
National Library of Australia

And some months later...

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), Saturday 28 May 1977

National Library of Australia

I suppose it is a bit of a balancing act today as to what defines a dingo in the ACT. Probably best left to the experts. John Thistleton of the Canberra Times has an excellent recent article about Canberra's dingo man, Mick Clarke,  ACT Parks & Conservation dingo trapper and his pure bred dingo Jess.

A man, his dingo and the dogs of war

Orroral map.

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