A New Zealand fur seal. Supplied photo
The Department of Conservation is appealing for information
after a dog attacked and killed a protected fur seal on
Brighton beach, near Dunedin.
A Brighton resident discovered the remains of the New Zealand
fur seal while walking on the beach on June 7, and reported
it to the Department of Conservation hotline.
DOC Coastal Otago services manager David Agnew said today the
autopsy and pathology report from Massey University confirmed
a dog killed the juvenile female seal.
"The autopsy confirmed severe trauma to the head and neck,
consistent with a dog attack. Injuries included severe
depressed fractures to the skull with many other bite wounds
present," Mr Agnew said.
"This shows the importance of keeping dogs under control at
all times as marine wildlife can appear on our beaches at any
time. Roaming dogs can be of particular menace and should be
reported to DCC Animal Services."
DCC Senior Animal Services officer Peter Hanlin urged dog
owners to abide by local regulations and ensure their dog is
secure on their property.
He reminded owners it's their responsibility to always have
their dog under control at all times.
Under the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978 penalties range
from up to six months' jail or fines of up to $250,000 for
killing and harming fur seals or other marine mammals.