The Department of Conservation (Doc) says it is surprised by
a Dunedin woman's difficulty obtaining its help on New Year's
Day for an injured seagull.
Charlotte Till said she found a seagull at St Clair with a
fishhook coming out of its lower beak, trailing about 7m of
She was advised by the SPCA to phone Doc, which said it was
not responsible for the seagull.
She took the bird to a police station where an officer freed
it with pliers.
Doc coastal Otago acting area manager Dinah Wakelin said she
was surprised at the difficulty Miss Till experienced. Doc
worked closely with the SPCA to decide which agency was
responsible for animals needing help. That was usually
determined by whether the species was native. .
If in doubt, a person who found an injured animal should
contact Doc, she said.
SPCA executive officer Sophie McSkimming said the species of
seagull Miss Till was assisting was Doc's responsibility.