As part of Conservation Week, Department of Conservation (DoC) ran avian avoidance sessions at Whakaipo Bay on Sunday. Community ranger Candace Graham said there was a lot of interest from dog owners, with the 20 available places booking out fast.
"We also had five walk-ins on the day and we were happy to squeeze them in for the training."
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Specialist avoidance trainer Jim Pottinger from National Park was on hand to take the dogs and owners through the 15-minute training programme. A professional deer culler since 1997, Jim said