A recent possum control operation, undertaken in the Kaitoke Regional Park and Hutt River Catchment, may have led to carcasses washing downstream following a brief period of heavy rain.
Although the river and beaches were checked thoroughly, it is possible that a possum carcass may have been missed.
Greater Wellington Regional Council Biosecurity Manager Davor Bejakovich said that possum carcasses weren’t a threat to people, but would still be poisonous to dogs.
“While people aren’t at risk from these poisoned carcasses, we take the threat to dogs very seriously. We’ve placed warning signs along beaches at Petone, the eastern side of the harbour and along the Hutt River”.
If dogs should come into contact with possum carcasses believed to be toxic, owners should call a vet immediately to seek advice about inducing vomiting.
Warning signs could be in place for up to four months depending on how long it takes for the possum carcasses to breakdown. GWRC staff will continue to monitor the breakdown of possum carcasses in the Kaitoke Park and Hutt River Catchment.
Members of the public should call the GWRC on 526 4133 if they find a possum carcass, or have any questions relating to the monitoring or clearance of possum carcasses.
Click for a map of dog exercise areas, away from the river, in the Hutt Valley