A 29 year old Donvale man was convicted and fined $2000 and ordered to pay costs of $84 at the Ringwood Magistrates' Court last week for shooting a Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) on Phillip Island in January 2016.
The man pleaded guilty to three charges issued by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) of hunting protected wildlife, animal cruelty and aggravated animal cruelty.
He also pleaded guilty to a number of other charges issued by Victoria Police, including firearms charges, unrelated driving offences and a charge for property damage.
For these charges he was convicted and placed on a Community Corrections Order requiring him to perform 125 hours of unpaid community service over the next 12 months.
In sentencing, the Magistrate commented that the shooting of the goose was ‘foolish, larkish and without a sense of purpose’.
It is an offence to destroy or interfere with protected wildlife and severe penalties apply.
If you see something, say something and report environmental and wildlife crime to DELWP on 136 186 or to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Opera house nets not to be used in public waters
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is urging the public not to use opera house nets in Victorian public waters these Summer holidays.
Injured native wildlife needs specialised care
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is urging people to contact an authorised wildlife shelter if they encounter sick or injured native animals these school holidays.
Seal pups arrive - keep your distance
Summer is the time when juvenile seals arrive at local beaches, after being separated from their mothers who have new pups to raise. DELWP is reminding beachgoers that these seals need their space to rest and recover.