Report of dog bite on national park track probed

The Department of Conservation is investigating a report of a man being bitten by a dog on the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

Dogs are generally not allowed in national parks.

"We received a report from a member of the public that a dog may have bitten a man on the Abel Tasman Coast Track on Monday afternoon. We made inquiries and as result of that interviewed two men about the incident.

We are also making inquiries to attempt to contact the man who is alleged to have been bitten," said DOC Motueka Conservation Services manager Mark Townsend. It had been suggested a dog may have nipped a man on his leg on the track and he was not badly hurt.

Dogs were in the main not allowed in the national park but pig hunting dogs were generally allowed in the park with a permit for pig hunting, as that helped reduce numbers of pigs, which were a pest. Permits were required for both hunters and dogs.