The Conservation Regulator is investigating after a kangaroo was found near Winchelsea, having been shot with a crossbow.
A wildlife rescuer discovered the injured Eastern Grey Kangaroo at Wurdiboluc Reservoir on Saturday August 29.
Two crossbow bolts were protruding from the animal’s body. The kangaroo was euthanised due to its severe injuries.
As part of the investigation, the crossbow bolts are undergoing forensic examination and the Conservation Regulator is appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
Kangaroos are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975, and there are significant penalties for illegally hunting, taking or destroying protected wildlife, including a maximum penalty of $8,261 and up to six months imprisonment.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The Conservation Regulator plays an important role in protecting Victoria’s wildlife, by identifying, investigating and prosecuting those responsible for wildlife crimes.
Quotes attributable to Barwon South West Regulatory Operations Manager Glenn Sharp:
“The arrows that were removed from this kangaroo were designed for shooting at targets, not killing animals. As such, this attack led to inhumane suffering before the kangaroo was put down.”
“Harming wildlife is not only illegal – it is cruel. That’s why there are significant penalties, with offenders potentially facing substantial fines and time in prison.”
“We’re encouraging anyone who may have information about this crime to contact Crime Stoppers, as even a small amount of information may lead to a significant outcome.”
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