Where’s wallaby? In Pukerua Bay
A dead wallaby found on the side of the road in Pukerua Bay has regional council staff scratching their heads and asking the public if they’ve seen any more of the critters hopping about.
The only known populations of wallabies in New Zealand are found in Bay of Plenty, South Canterbury and Kawau Island – a long leap from Wellington.
A local man found the curious road kill on Haunui Rd, Pukerua Bay, on November 12.
The wallaby was later buried in another resident’s garden, but not before a picture was taken and emailed to Greater Wellington’s pest animal team on December 3.
A staff member from Environment Bay of Plenty identified it as a Dama wallaby – the type found in Bay of Plenty.
Greater Wellington biosecurity manager Davor Bejakovich said wallabies are regarded as an agricultural and environmental pest in New Zealand.
‘‘[We are] very interested to find out how it got there or if there are any more out there.’’
He said the wallaby may have been a pet or been picked up as road kill from Bay of Plenty and put on the road as a prank.
‘‘ We’re not interested in prosecuting anyone for illegally mov- ing a pest animal around the country. [But] any information about how this wallaby got to Pukerua Bay would be appreciated.
‘‘If we can, we want to rule out that there might be a population of them somewhere close by.’’
Discussions with farmers around Pukerua Bay have not turned up any signs or sightings, he said.
If anyone knows anything about the wallaby, call biosecurity officer Gary Sue on 526 4133 or 027 294 9352.
Long way from home: The wallaby found in Pukerua Bay.