We’ve had some reports of people finding dead animals at QEP. We expect the dead animals were possibly rabbits rather than hares.
Rabbits are far more common than hares in QEP. If they were rabbits, there is a possibility that they died as a result of burrow fumigation undertaken in an area of the dunes at the northern end of the park on Tuesday.
Signs informing the public of this work were put in place, and are still in place, on the walking tracks leading into the area (see map for locations). The signs include a warning of the risk to dogs; dogs could be exposed to the fumigant if they dig up a burrow soon after it is treated with the fumigant, but the chance of any ill effect is very low because the fumigant has a very strong smell that would repel a dog, and the fumigant dilutes once it’s exposed to the wider atmosphere outside the burrow. There is very little risk of any secondary poisoning from a dog scavenging a rabbit carcass.
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A public meeting was held at Raumati South Memorial Hall, 7 Tennis Court Road, on 14 November 2015 between 10:00-noon at which we listened to the community's concerns, answered questions and made our officals available directly after the meeting to talk to members of the community. See responces to questions and answers under the public support documents.