Little blue penguin
Image: Terry C Greene | DOC

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The death of a juvenile little blue penguin/kororā, killed by a dog near the Whangawehi stream at Mahia Peninsula, has prompted DOC to remind owners to control their dogs.

Date:  04 February 2019

DOC East Coast Operations Manager John Lucas said little blue penguins are vulnerable as they leave the nest. This is a reminder to owners to keep dogs under control around coastal areas.

“Little blue penguins are at risk of being attacked by dogs and to keep penguins safe, dogs should be on a lead at all times.

“Penguins have a strong smell which is quite attractive to dogs. While on land they are very vulnerable and have no defense against a dogs bite” Mr Lucas said.

To keep our penguins safe:

  • Put your dog on a leash around penguin areas.
  • Keep your dog away from nests and warn others nearby of the location.
  • Leave penguins alone. Usually scruffy birds are simply moulting.

The public are urged to contact 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) to report injured native wildlife or instances of animal attack.


Malcolm Smith, Community Ranger, Wairoa
Mobile: +64 27 499 8527

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