Dingo scalping

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Dingo scalping was a form of bounty hunting of dingos in Australia, which commenced in 1912 with the passage of the Wild Dogs Act by the government of South Australia. In an attempt to reduce depredation on livestock, that government offered a bounty for dingo skins, and this program was later repeated in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.[1]

Scholar Diana Young argued in her Dingo scalping and the frontier economy in the north-west of South Australia (published in Indigenous participation in Australian economies) that this new legislation and economic driver had significant impacts on Aboriginal society in the region.


  1. ^ Edited by Ian Keen. Indigenous participation in Australian economies: Historical and anthropological perspectives. ANU E Press. pp. 91–. ISBN 978-1-921666-86-5. Retrieved 29 March 2012.