Penguin dog deaths alarming

A total of 24 little blue penguins have been killed on Western Bay of Plenty beaches over the last year, by dogs, in daylight.

Western Bay Wildlife Trusts volunteer Rosalie Crawford picked up the latest dog attack victim from Papamoa over the weekend.

Taking his last look at the sea. This Little Blue Penguin was attacked in the weekend. Photo: supplied.

The figures are concerning wildlife rescuers who are calling for more stringent policing of dog bans around Mauao, Moturiki/Leisure Island, both of which are penguin rookeries.

“The dogs are coming up to the penguins and biting them, and in over half the cases, the rescue people were on their way and the dogs got to the penguins first,” says Rosalie.

The latest dog attack victim was picked up from the home of the couple who rescued it from the beach.

“When I arrived it was standing in the window in the sun,” says Rosalie.

She wrapped it in towel, put it in a box and took it to the vet – who put the penguin down. It had been blinded on one eye by a dog bite and was unable to hunt for itself. The tooth had gone down through its skull down into the right eye.

“It was still swimming trying to survive, but was unable to hunt well. Its chest quite thin. Because it had no food going it wasn't able to create enough warmth,” says Rosalie.

“Penguins have an oil on their body that keeps them waterproof. It also keeps them warm.”

Penguins normally come ashore at night. If they come ashore during the day it means they are sick, says Rosalie.

“If they are getting out of the sea during the day they are sick penguins because they are too cold. People see them, dogs go after them.”

She advises people to call 0800 SICK PENGUIN and a volunteer will collect the bird.

The Western Bay Wildlife Trust is holding penguin aversion dog training on Saturday at Mount Maunganui on the beach opposite the Banks Avenue access from 1.30-4pm, and Sunday at Papamoa on the beach opposite Parton Road from 11am-2pm.

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Posted on 14-09-2016 07:59 | By dumbkof2

while were at banning all dogs ban all cats as well they kill far more wildlife than dogs


Posted on 14-09-2016 07:56 | By Captain Sensible

I saw a woman with a dog yesterday walking round the Mount. Happens a lot.

Dont dog owners...

Posted on 13-09-2016 17:21 | By GreertonBoy

Have brains? It seems to me people let dogs wander and don't care what the animal does? (Cat owners also) I wouldn't be taking a dog to the beach and not keep an eye on it.... take a long lead in case it starts chasing kids or penguins or getting too excited... and I wouldn't be taking a dog where penguins, seals and sea lions are likely to be. I think the dog owners need to grow a brain and take charge of their dogs... we lose enough wildlife to cats, without dogs adding to the tally by having irresponsible owners who don't care enough to watch what it is up to. What if the dog mauls a child or any other person? Or if their dog decides to fight with someone elses dog? Owners should WANT to know where their dog is I would have thought?

philaphallen and sangrae

Posted on 13-09-2016 15:46 | By whatsinaname

Totally agree.

Totally agree sangrae

Posted on 13-09-2016 15:38 | By Kenworthlogger

Yep you have nailed it. Really easy to solve this one. You are spot on mate!

Ban dogs

Posted on 13-09-2016 15:15 | By Chris

Ban all dogs from all beaches.


Posted on 13-09-2016 14:30 | By Seemore

is needed; there are plenty of signs but I have yet to see dog owners fined or otherwise sanctioned for disregarding the bans. A few fines and pictures in the media will deliver a message.


Posted on 13-09-2016 12:05 | By philiphallen

Ban all dogs from penguin breeding and feeding zones, with hefty financial penalties for ANYONE who ignores ban zone. Its about time the council spent some of my rates to help and not feather their own little nest in the CBD

Penguins v Dogs

Posted on 13-09-2016 11:36 | By sangrae

Is it not about time the authoritys did something about the the dogs running loose on the beaches they all should be on a lead or barred completely from walkways and beaches.

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