“You’ll be able to nonetheless go to the realm by foot or bicycle, however please give the ocean lions numerous house (at the very least 20m),” continued the put up.
“Should you’re strolling your canine within the space, please preserve it on a lead as sea lions might be exhausting to identify.”
Dunedin is the second-largest metropolis on New Zealand’s South Island.
Locals commenting on the put up applauded the choice, and one even referred to as for the closure to be made everlasting.
“No canines must be on the seashore both,” wrote Gaylene Smith. “We have to shield our stunning sealife.”
Canine are identified to assault sea lions, and Chisholm Hyperlinks Golf Course, the place the ocean lions have made their house, additionally posted recommendation to canine walkers in a Fb replace.
The council went on to clarify that New Zealand sea lions are endangered, and one of many world’s rarest species of sea lion.
There are an estimated 12,000 New Zealand sea lions left, in accordance with the Division of Conservation. Below native regulation, anybody who kills a sea lion might resist two years in jail or a high quality of as much as NZ$250,000 (US$178,000).
In December 2019 a Dunedin man sparked anger after spearing a sea lion whereas diving.
Matt Kraemer posted on Fb that he and his companion have been diving for paua — a sort of abalone — on Friday after they encountered a “significantly aggressive” sea lion with “lion-sized jaws.”
Kraemer mentioned he stabbed the ocean lion to guard his companion, however his actions have been roundly condemned.