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Celebrating the achievements of landcarers

04/12/2017

The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Dogs suspected over penguin deaths

11/01/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service suspects that dogs are responsible for the deaths of seven little penguins at Lillico Conservation Area near Devonport early on Wednesday.

Five fledglings and two adult birds were killed at the popular penguin viewing area.

Leven Field Centre ranger-in-charge Mark Fordham said that autopsies by a veterinarian showed the penguins' injuries to be consistent with dog bites.

Mr Fordham said that dog owners need to take responsibility for their animals at all times.

"While most people wouldn't intentionally harm penguins, they need to realise their dogs can do a lot of damage in a short time - even dogs that have previously shown no hunting instinct," Mr Fordham said.

"Dog owners need to be aware that restrictions in reserves will be enforced."

Mr Fordham said that penalties relating to dogs in reserves apply under the Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 and the Dog Control Act 2000.

Anyone with any information about dogs in the conservation area on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning is asked to contact the PWS Ulverstone office on 6429 8712.

The latest attack follows reports of similar incidents in the Port Sorell area where local volunteers are involved in a penguin awareness campaign.