In North Sydney Council fox baiting is regularly undertaken in relatively
large reserves, removed by 200m from residences. These areas are often
adjacent to off-lead dog exercise areas. Signs are erected when baiting is
being undertaken, alerting residents that *dogs are not allowed* because of
the potential for them to take the baits. When are we going to stop
molly-coddling dog owners and make them responsible dog owners. Surely a
solution of on-lead areas and off-lead areas is a solution to this
problem. If dog owners choose to allow their dogs to run off lead in a
restricted area or when fox baiting is being undertaken, *then it is their
responsibility for what happens to their animal.* I should also hope that
doggy bags are provided for owners to use and dispose of dog droppings.
Another solution is to get responsible dog owners in the area to do the
policing and remind others by their example.
If these provisions work in council areas of Sydney, I don't know why they
won't work anywhere. It seems we have to train the dog owners to be
responsible and consider others, including all wildlife.
On 27 November 2012 07:26, 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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