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.

Cape Barren Goose 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.