27 February 2011

Dog attacks on penguins "disappointing"

New Zealand - The Department of Conservation (DOC) has received two reports within a week of little penguins being attacked by dogs on Taranaki beaches.

"These attacks are really disappointing," DOC marine ranger Callum Lilley told Taranaki Daily News.

"They're so preventable. All people have to do is keep their dogs on a leash or at the very least watch and control them closely. If they chase seagulls they'll catch a penguin. They're easy game."

The latest penguin victim was taken to a local veterinarian where its wounds were cleaned and bandaged, and then transported to Massey University's wildlife centre to recover.

Source
Penguins hounded again on the beaches, 12 February 2011, Taranaki Daily News

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