Public Perception: Risks in Dog and Coastal Wildlife Interactions

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                  Executive Summary        Final Report

Project Abstract

The New Zealand Department of Conservation is seeking to better manage coastal
wildlife interactions as dogs become more prevalent on beaches with vulnerable wildlife. We used site assessments, surveys, and interviews to assess the public’s perceptions of dog-wildlife encounters. Since many dog owners frequent the beach to exercise their dogs, they have a greater chance of encountering coastal wildlife. We developed resources to educate dog owners about beach regulations and wildlife, and empower them to make better decisions with their dogs on beaches. Well-educated dog owners have the potential to influence other recreationists in creating a safer, more positive beach environment for people, dogs, and wildlife.

Student Team

  • Ian Banatoski
  • Bryanna Dellaripa
  • Samantha Hires
  • Larissa Naidoo
  • Elizabeth Rooney


  • Department of Conservation


  • Golding, Dominic, ID
  • Shockey, Ingrid K., ID