Rainbow LorikeetThe Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP) is reminding people that all wildlife is protected, after a Red Hill man was caught having shot 19 Rainbow Lorikeets.

The man was convicted and fined more than $15,000 in the Dromana Magistrates’ Court last week for shooting the birds and verbally abusing DELWP Wildlife Officers.

DELWP Wildlife Officer, Haley Mason, said: “This is a great result and highlights to the public that killing native wildlife is a serious offence.

“DELWP received information that the man was shooting protected native birds on his property.

“On arrival, DELWP Wildlife Officers found 19 dead Rainbow Lorikeets in the back of the man’s ute.

“The man owns fruit trees and alleged the birds were destroying his crops.

“At the time of shooting, the man did not hold an Authority to Control Wildlife (ATCW), making his actions illegal and as a result his gun licence has been cancelled.”

In Victoria, all wildlife is protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. It is illegal to destroy or interfere with wildlife and severe penalties apply.

To trap or destroy wildlife people can apply to DELWP for an ATCW and will have to prove that damage to crops or property is occurring, and that all non-lethal options have been exhausted.

The maximum penalty for hunting, taking or destroying wildlife ranges from $8059 to $38,685 and/or six to 24 months’ imprisonment.

People can report wildlife crime confidentially to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.