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Stray dogs becoming a problem in the Pacific

12 May 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

Dogs in the Pacific Islands are being blamed for not only biting and annoying people, but also devastating wildlife.

Recent research has revealed that domestic dogs were responsible for the extinction of the Hawaiian rail bird and the skink ground lizard in Tonga.

Dogs are also being blamed for killing at least 19 endangered ground-dwelling Kagu birds in New Caledonia.

Tim Doherty, PhD from Deakin University's Centre for Integrative Ecology, said there is a need for an extensive and urgent dog control programme around the Pacific. 

“Some management options could involve removing unknown dogs, vaccination and desexing,” said Mr Doherty.