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An investigation by the Parks and Wildlife Service into penguin deaths on West Ulverstone beaches has widened with more than one dog now thought to be responsible.

Ninety penguins have been killed in seven incidents since December 23.

During more than two weeks of after-hours surveillance by Central Coast Council and Parks and Wildlife Service officers, several dogs have been seen wandering unattended on or near the beach.

On Saturday night officers caught one of two dogs seen entering the penguin colony. The second dog evaded capture and a freshly-killed penguin was found nearby.

"It's great to see some results from the increased surveillance, but disappointing that we're still finding dogs roaming in the area, and penguin attacks continuing," PWS senior ranger Mark Fordham said.

"I'm not convinced we have all the culprits yet", he said.

Council officers have now caught three dogs and a fourth was found off- lead with its owner, at night when penguins are particularly vulnerable.

Strategic night and early morning patrols by council and PWS officers will continue, along with the use of a cage trap.

Members of the public are asked to contact either the Central Coast Council on 0417 391 643 or the Parks and Wildlife Service on 6429 8421 with any information about the penguin attacks.

Penguin kills continue at West Ulverstone

Ranger Kelvin Barrett with a dead penguin killed on West Ulverstone beaches recently. Picture courtesy The Advocate newspaper.