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Gov tackling penguin carnage

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Pet owners are being warned of ramped-up wildlife protection laws which could see dogs which attack native wildlife destroyed, and owners fined up to $5040.

Tasmanians have until September 27 to comment on draft changes to the Dog Control Act. 

Following a spate of little penguin deaths across the state due to dog attacks, the government wants to implement new rules to prevent further carnage.

Local Government Minister Mark Shelton made the announcement at Penguin breeding grounds at Low Head.

"In addition, the penalty for taking a dog into a prohibited area containing sensitive habitat for native wildlife will also increase to $3,360. This approach will support local governments wishing to prohibit the entry of dogs into ecologically significant areas, such as Little Penguin colonies," he said. 

"The Government is committed to ensuring these amendments are in place ahead of the peak breeding season for Little Penguin over the summer months."

Image: Minister Mark Shelton with Shirley Lincoln, the Manager of Low Head Penguin Tours (supplied).