Dog kills little blue penguin at Ōamaru Harbour

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Waitaki District Council is reminding dog house owners to maintain their pets on a lead after somewhat blue penguin (kororā) was killed by a dog at Ōamaru Harbour on Sunday.

“Your entire Ōamaru Harbour space is a good looking area to train dogs, however it’s an on-lead space. This implies dogs must be on their leads and underneath efficient management always,” Waitaki District Council senior compliance officer, Tristan Hope mentioned. 

There’s signage that lets the general public know that the Ōamaru Harbour space is an on-lead space underneath the Waitaki Dog Management Bylaw.

Moreover, dogs are prohibited within the harbour space between sundown and dawn due to the elevated penguin exercise throughout these instances.

Council is working with the Penguin Colony to replace the signage to make sure everyone seems to be conscious of the foundations and remind the general public of the severity of affecting a protected species in New Zealand.

Any dog house owners discovered breaching the bylaws are liable to obtain an infringement wonderful of $300.

Little Blue Penguins are additionally a protected species and house owners of dogs that trigger the demise of protected wildlife are liable to conviction, with a jail time period of as much as 3 years or a wonderful of $20,000, or each.

The dog may be ordered to be destroyed.

The lack of the penguin on Sunday may have an effect on a complete nest as penguins work as a mating staff and depend on one another to lift their chicks.

“We’ve been fortunate sufficient to have an prolonged breeding season with the primary eggs noticed in Might. The chicks within the colony are near fledging so we actually need to ship a robust reminder to please hold your dogs on their lead whereas visiting the Ōamaru Harbour space,” Ōamaru Blue Penguin Colony science and environmental supervisor, Dr Philippa Agnew mentioned.

Dog house owners can set an instance to different house owners by conserving their dogs on lead as there are a number of wildlife on the harbour together with shags who’re additionally breeding.

“Shag chicks are additionally starting to fledge within the harbour space, please hold your dogs away from these younger birds too,” Dr Agnew mentioned.

If any member of the general public was a witness or has any additional details about Sunday’s incident, please contact Waitaki District Council on (03) 433 0300.

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