The first time I went to Wyperfeld, in December 1969, we had a little dog
(with long hair). Of course we would not have known there was a restriction
against dogs in a NP when we left Melbourne for our 3 week holiday. Poor
thing got tangled up in grass seeds in a short walk around that first night.
We arrived late at night with car and caravan and drove in and set up at the
main camp ground. There was one other old couple there that week. When my
father approached the ranger (Rudd Campbell) the next morning, proudly
presenting the dog and asked for advice as to what we could do with her, he
said we could not have her there but as we wished to stay for a few days, he
told us there was a family in Yaapeet who would usually be available to take
care of a dog for a few days. Which we did. Quite a story there - turns out
that family knew the dog....... Rudd then took us around the park in his
landrover for several hours showing us the sites. Me sitting on the back
flap of the car. A lot of fun. I was 11 y.o. then. If we had been received
with negativity by the ranger it would have achieved negativity on my future
interest in nature.......
From: Birding-Aus On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, 14 April 2015 1:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Shooting at the WTP
Hmm, what is it with dogs of late?
I was at Wyperfeld at Easter, and a 4WD club came through with a dozen
vehicles - and a dog. The ranger came past a few times during their
one-night stay, and the dog mysteriously disappeared whenever he approached,
so they presumably knew of the prohibition.
On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM, Sonja Ross <> wrote:
I've seen people with at least 3 big dogs walking along the "beach road",
well inside the plant in the past but there is no-where that I know of to
report it. At least they weren't shooters, but the dogs jumped in close to
where an Australasian Bittern had been reported in the previous few days.
More recently, I was taking two visiting Canadians around the plant, and
came up to a parked car at the entry to the Western Lagoons. We drove
along the road nearest the Spit, and came to a girl with two dogs off leash.
I asked her if she was aware she shouldn't be there, and she she said"NO"!
I explained about Orange-bellied Parrots and asked her to leave and she did.
I realise it is a long shot, but I do wonder if it would be worth Melbourne
Water putting no dogs allowed on some of the gates - not that everyone would
comply, but some might.
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