Dog owners need training
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.