Wandering livestock a danger to drivers

After a car ploughed into rogue cows on Karaka Road, Pukekohe on Saturday 30 September, the Post Newspaper investigated the reoccurring events of wandering livestock.
Auckland Council Acting Manager Animal Management Nikki Marchant-Ludlow said investigations into this incident, which killed six cows, are ongoing.
“Auckland Council actively works with owners to identify and mitigate risks,” she said.
Auckland Council operates within the statutory framework of the Impounding Act 1955, which covers roaming and trespassing stock, the impounding and disposal of stock and the administration of stock pounds; and the Auckland Council Animal Management Bylaw 2015, which details the rules for keeping stock in urban areas.
While investigations are ongoing, council say public and animal safety is their first priority.
“Although we have not received reports of similar incidents in this area, we have previously responded to roaming livestock calls in the wider Franklin area. In such incidents, the stock are removed from the road by Animal Management Officers, to be released back to the stock owner once they are identified,” Nikki said.
“Once the risk to both the public and animal has been mitigated, an investigation is carried out and we actively work with the owners to identify and minimise risk to prevent further incidences. Bylaw inspectors also work with stock owners to ensure that any broken or inadequate fencing is repaired or replaced.”
The incident on Karaka Road, follows a number of other incidents also involving cows hit on Port Waikato roads in August.
Waikato Animal Control Team Leader, Megan May, said at the time, that one of the incidents which resulted in an accident hadn’t been reported, which limits their enforcement capabilites.
“If people see stock on the roads we encourage them to contact us when they see them. It is really hard to take action or identify stock owners if we aren’t told at the time of the incident,” she said.
If you do see wandering stock, report it to council and Police immediately.
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