DOGS TRAINED TO AVOID KIWI
Up to 30 Stewart Island dogs and their owners attended a course teaching the dogs to avoid kiwi. Dogs are the biggest killer of adult kiwi and two recent kiwi deaths on Stewart Island were caused by uncontrolled dogs. Earlier this month a dog owner was sentenced after a mastiff cross dog killed a brown kiwi on the island. Southland District Council animal control officer Julie Gillan said there was a ranger on the island, but Police and other members of the community assisted the council in dog control duties.