Originally Posted by poledark
I have to wonder at the mind set that suggests dogs should be shot if they stray on to a patch of land that happens to harbor a few birds.
Because there are proven cases of dogs killing wildlife, and not just birds. Lots of wild mammals at risk, up to and including large deer. Also, they pose a potential threat to people. Any pet owner allowing his pets to stray into places where they have no business being, has only himself to blame. Especially if it's a reserve. And judging by the behaviour of dog owners I -and evidently, many others - have observed, the risk of the critter getting shot (and/or the owner getting fined) isn't nearly high enough.