COUNCIL has removed a number of stainless steel forks, knives and spoons that were left scattered on the Long Gully trail.
Bendigo resident Tim House notified council after he found the cutlery covered in an unknown substance as he walked along the track on Monday afternoon.
The City of Greater Bendigo said they have since removed the cutlery. The unknown paste has been identified as a type of glue.
Mr House said he was concerned someone purposefully left the items to harm pets who use the trail.
"The paste looks like peanut butter but you can see the green in it," he said. "It has a stinky, chemical smell. It smells a bit like snail bait.
"It's a serious thing. We walk our dogs out there and so do a lot of other people. There's just no need for it."
Bendigo police said they have not been to any jobs in the area and could not provide any other information on the matter.
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