Dog own­ers need train­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth -

THE City of South Perth is ask­ing res­i­dents to obey signs af­ter in­creased re­ports about do­mes­tic dogs dis­turb­ing the wildlife.

The City’s Nat­u­ral Ar­eas Team have reg­u­larly wit­nessed dogs chas­ing and swim­ming af­ter wildlife.

The City said in­jured or dead birds from sus­pected dog at­tacks oc­cur weekly, with most hap­pen­ing in and around the lo­cal lakes, rivers and ‘Dogs On Leash’ ar­eas.

Mayor Sue Do­herty said the dis­tur­bance from dogs oc­curs mainly around Sir James Mitchell Park, Bod­kin Park and Neil McDou­gal Park – all of which have fresh­wa­ter lakes that at­tract wildlife.

“Ad­di­tion­ally the Swan and Can­ning rivers also in­ter­est dogs and im­pact on wildlife. All three parks are zoned ‘Dogs Pro­hib­ited’ and ‘Dogs On Leash’ only,” she said.

“By dis­turb­ing nest­ing sites, dogs can con­trib­ute to a de­clin­ing pop­u­la­tion rate, which is al­ready un­der pres­sure due to loss of habi­tat due to ur­ban­i­sa­tion.

“Un­con­trolled dogs in­ter­rupt feed­ing pat­terns, trig­ger dis­tress and can cause wildlife in­jury or death.”

If you see wildlife in shock con­tact the City of South Perth Rangers or En­vi­ron­men­tal Of­fi­cer on 9474 0777 or the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildcare helpline on 9474 9055 for sick or in­jured an­i­mals.

Act­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cer Miche­line Sut­cliffe and city ranger Paul McCormick with an ap­pro­pri­ately-leashed Donny at Bod­kin Park in Water­ford.

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