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  •   Home > News > Local Politics

    Council supports dog ban to save penguins

    A South Island council is recommending a ban on dogs in a local area to help protect a breeding colony of penguins.


    A South Island council has taken a step towards protecting a breeding colony of korora/little penguins from dogs.

    Timaru District councillors made a unanimous decision on Tuesday to recommend that dogs are kept off Caroline Bay during summer, in an effort to protect the penguins.

    The majority of councillors also voted to pass recommendations to increase signage in areas where penguins are breeding - and to create year-round protection zones at each end of Caroline Bay to further protect the birds from dogs.

    There has been strong support from the community on protecting the penguins and a petition with 2000 signatures will be delivered to council next month, as the recommendations are put forward to a general council meeting.


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