Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Dog owners urged to Lead the Way to protect native wildlife

Dog owners urged to Lead the Way to protect native wildlife on coastlines

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is adopting new tactics to protect wildlife by encouraging dog owners to better control their dogs on beaches and coastlines.

Dog owners can become wildlife certified after completing a short online quiz. They will then receive an exclusive link to purchase one of the four Lead the Way leads in a collaboration with Traffic Light Bandanas.

The colour of the lead highlights their dog’s behaviour. Using the lead lets other dog walkers know whether the pup is friendly (green), cautious (orange) or would prefer to keep to themselves (red). There is even an option for blind or deaf dogs (yellow).

Dog owners are encouraged to share the beach and ensure they keep space between dogs and wildlife. Several endangered species, including rāpoka (NZ sea lion), kekeno (NZ fur seal), kororā (little penguin) and hoiho (yellow-eyed penguin) are at risk from dog attacks.

Lead the Way is an initiative which aims to promote responsible dog ownership and reduce negative dog interactions with coastal wildlife.

“As populations start to recover, these endangered species are showing up unexpectedly on beaches more often, even around coastal cities like Dunedin and Wellington,” says Community Ranger, Jesikah Triscott.

“There’s a huge amount of wildlife around coastlines and harbours which largely goes unseen, but their unique smell attracts curious dogs.

“This is a threat to species that is within our control. We want dog owners to know that it’s possible to share the beach, but it’s important that dogs are either on a lead or trained to be called back quickly.”

Marine Science Advisor Laura Boren sees benefits for both dogs and wildlife.

“Interactions with kekeno and rāpoka can also be dangerous for dogs, so being better prepared on the beach means we can reduce the risks to both vulnerable species and dogs.”

–Ends–


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How America’s Middle East Allies Are Poisoning The Ground Joe Biden Will Inherit

As even the US mainstream media has been reporting, the prime motive for the murder of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (by Israeli or Saudi operatives, or both) has been to poison the situation that the next US president will inherit. At best, there was only an outside chance that the incoming Biden administration and the outgoing liberal regime of Iranian PM Hassan Rouhani could have revived the Iran anti-nuclear deal that Rouhani had negotiated in 2015 with Barack Obama. Deliberately though, America’s allies have now made it impossible for Biden to pursue that option... More>>

 

Pill Testing: Govt Moves On Drug Checking To Keep Young New Zealanders Safer This Summer

The Government will pass time limited legislation to give legal certainty to drug checking services, so they can carry out their work to keep New Zealanders safer this summer at festivals without fear of prosecution, Health Minister Andrew Little ... More>>

ALSO:

WorkSafe: 13 Parties Charged Over Whakaari/White Island Tragedy

WorkSafe New Zealand today filed charges against 13 parties in relation to the Whakaari/White Island eruption in December last year. “22 people have lost their lives in this tragic event. WorkSafe is tasked with investigating workplace incidents to determine ... More>>

ALSO:

Pay Gap: Progress On Pay Equity For DHB Staff

Today’s initial agreement between DHBs and the PSA on pay equity for clerical and administration staff is an important step toward better, fairer pay for this crucial and largely female workforce, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:


Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels