The Conservation Regulator is urging dog owners to keep their pets on a leash around waterways after a platypus was found dead near Cockatoo, following a suspected dog attack.

The juvenile male platypus was found deceased earlier this month near Amphlett Avenue along Cockatoo Creek, prompting an investigation.

It was assessed by an expert wildlife veterinarian, with the examination showing its extensive injuries were consistent with a dog attack.

In Victoria, wildlife is protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. The maximum penalty for illegally hunting, taking or destroying protected wildlife is $8,261 and/or six-month imprisonment.

Anyone with information about this incident or other wildlife crimes can make a confidential report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Platypus swimming in a creek

Quotes attributable to Conservation Regulator Senior Investigator Mike Sverns:

“The platypus is a special native species and with the population continuing to decline, we need to do what we can to protect them.”

“You can help us to manage and protect wildlife by reporting suspected wildlife crimes, which may include killing or injuring wildlife such as platypus.”

“As an investigation is underway, we’re appealing for anyone with information, particularly around roaming dogs in the area, to come forward and make a report to Crime Stoppers.”

Quotes attributable to Cesar Australia Senior Wildlife Ecologist Josh Griffiths:

“Platypuses can be extremely vulnerable to predation when crossing between waterbodies such as between a creek and dam.”

“For this reason, it is imperative to keep dogs contained and under control around waterways.”