Dead wallaby at Paroa - Doc wants reports of sightings

The Department of Conservation is urging people to notify them of wallaby sightings on the West Coast, after a dead one was found near Paroa, south of Greymouth - the third to turn up recently.

Spokeswoman Jose Watson said on Monday it had also received reports of a wallaby at Bell Hill Station, inland from Greymouth, and further south, on the Haast Pass.

She said Doc staff had been out looking for the pests, but had not seen any.

''If people see them, they should contact Doc, as we don't want more pest animals establishing populations here.''

Wallabies are found in only a few places in New Zealand including South Canterbury and around Lake Tarawera.

The animals are known to cause significant damage to native bush by feeding on native seedlings, ferns and grasses.

They can also cause problems for forestry and farming by feeding on pine and eucalyptus seedlings and competing with stock for pasture.

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