Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council will investigate the pros and cons of installing cameras at beaches and other coastal areas to monitor penguins in light of another fatal dog attack in Bicheno.
At a council workshop on Tuesday, councillors requested the general manager provide a report into the feasibility of cameras, including costs, risks, efficiency and privacy considerations.
The report was expected to be finished in October.
Ten council staff members would also receive training in dog handling, with the power to carry out functions under the Dog Management Act.
Mayor Debbie Wisby said full-time rangers was unlikely to be a realistic solution given the size of the coastline and cost constraints for the council.
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"We're not going to have 10 full-time dog rangers, but we will have people skilled to address these matters," she said.
"It's difficult because there's no consistency to where the penguins are being killed. It's a long coastline - they don't just go home to 44 Esplanade, Bicheno, or the same place every time.
"We could have a ranger at the beach, but then if the attack happens at another corner of the beach, they wouldn't be able to see that attack.
"We could have 10 rangers along the beach 24 hours a day, but people would see their rates increase significantly. A council can only do so much - we can't be everywhere at all times."
A further 14 penguins were killed at Bicheno this week, following on from attacks earlier this year and late last year.
Friends of Bicheno Penguins chairperson Lyn Hatton said there needed to be more proactive responses rather than just fining negligent dog owners.
"Maybe we need to look at having a chip system with radio frequency poles, so if a dog walks past, an alarm goes off," she said.
"We can't patrol the whole coast of Tasmania.
"Let's be proactive and let's stop it from happening in the first place."
Ms Hatton said it would be difficult to monitor cameras continuously and it was unlikely to deter irresponsible dog owners.