Thursday, 17 May 2012

Dog kills 27 penguins in Australia

Little penguins killed in Australia
May 2012. The Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is investigating the death of 27 Little Penguins and two Water Rats at the Phillip Island Nature Park.  The Little Penguins were found at Cat Bay, Shelly Beach and the Penguin Parade Car Park.

DSE Wildlife Officers are investigating the cause of death however preliminary observations of the injuries are consistent with a dog attack.

Little Penguins and Water Rats are protected in Victoria. 

If a dog attacks wildlife on public land, the owner could face fines of up to $3000 under the Wildlife Act 1975.

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