Twelve little penguins found dumped in a garbage bin on the northern Tasmanian coast were probably killed by a dog, a post-mortem examination has found.
A member of the public alerted authorities to the dead birds, which were discovered at the Low Head Coastal Reserve, last Wednesday.
Rangers from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) have been patrolling the area and contacting local dog owners.
Anybody with information or knowledge about the death of the penguins is urged to contact the DPIPWE’s Wildlife Operations Branch on 0427 437 020 or Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The DPIPWE has warned dog owners they could face fines or their dogs could be seized if they’re found to have killed wildlife.