JOEYS were killed and kangaroos injured after people let their dogs off-lead at Marlee Reserve, according to a concerned resident.
Evita El contacted the Mandurah Coastal Times’ Facebook page claiming kangaroos were being attacked by dogs.
“We have attended Marlee Reserve Parklands four times this week to attend female kangaroos after they have been attacked by dogs,” she said.
“All had joeys and all died from either injuries or from being thrown from mum’s pouch.
“A poor girl has had to endure the terror of being chased and bitten by an off lead dog and left to suffer for days in pain unable to stand.
“Please keep your dogs on leads and under your control at all times.”
The City of Mandurah rangers have attended four issues involving kangaroos in and around Marlee Reserve in the past four weeks.
“Only one of these incidents was reported to have involved dogs, which occurred on July 17,” City of Mandurah acting chief executive Graeme Davies said.
“On this date, rangers attended to a report of a dog chasing kangaroos in the reserve and no owner was present.
“The dog was not located, and all kangaroos were checked and none were found to be injured or appeared to be stressed.”
In the other cases, kangaroos had to be euthanised or were found deceased for various reasons.
“Rangers have always provided assistance for any injured wildlife, and work closely with volunteer rescue groups and wildlife carers in the district,” Mr Davies said.
It is prohibited to have a dog off the leash while in the reserve and there is clear signage.
Rangers undertake regular patrols of the Marlee Reserve area, and additional patrols have been undertaken since the start of August.
There are many areas where dogs can be exercised off the lead safely in the district – go to mandurah.wa.gov.au for a full list of exercise areas.
People are urged to report wandering or uncontrolled dogs to rangers in order to help prevent attacks. Rangers are available from 7am to 7pm every day of the week on 9550 3777.