We've spent the last few weeks in SA and Vic, and going into lots of places
with signs saying "no dogs" or that they must be on a leash. In practically
every one of those, dogs were not only on the loose but chasing birds without
any effort by the owners to stop them.
All that happened at the Yea Wetland when Bev got pawed over by a large,
free-running over-friendly dog in an on-leash area was the owner said "sorry"
when the whole body language was saying "you must have enjoyed that". No
effort had been made to call off the dog, which was soaking wet from its swim.
A change of clothes was necessary.
Our experience is that dog-owners simply ignore signs, and the frequency and
locations where this happens must mean that no-one acts to enforce the signage.
An enforcement officer could raise thousands of dollars in an hour if he went
to the beach at Whyalla in the afternoon and applied the fine that is indicated
So, and I apologise to any dog-owners who do keep their pets responsibly, I
think the future is bleak because there are far too many owners who do not
consider others or the wildlife.
On 27/11/2012, at 7:26 AM, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> Given that dog restriction signs are regularly torn down, I think they'd be
> onto that one fairly quickly.
> On a related note, according to the information on the Parks Victoria
> website, fox baiting programs are hindered by fears that dogs will take the
> baits. It would seem that if dogs are allowed in the park, they must be
> guaranteed safety.
> Peter Shute
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Dave Torr
>> Sent: Tuesday, 27 November 2012 7:16 AM
>> To: Peter Shute
>> Cc: ;
>> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Mornington Peninsula National Park
>> dog walking review
>> Signs up saying poison bait laid might work - don't have to
>> be true :-)
>> On 26 November 2012 21:22, Peter Shute <> wrote:
>> Agreed. I saw Malcolm's letter about it in The Age last
>> week - eight nests destroyed already this season. What
>> percentage is that?
>> It must be frustrating for the volunteers to see that
>> happen, and more frustrating if the birding community sits
>> back and lets this opportunity to do something about it slip by.
>> Peter Shute
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