Ringtail possum and arrowThe Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is urging anyone with information about the alleged hunting and shooting of possum in Croydon to come forward.

The Ringtail Possum was found on Clegg Avenue, Croydon on Sunday 5 May and had been shot by an arrow, possibly fired from a crossbow.

DELWP Wildlife Officer, Joel Cox, said: “This is a particularly disturbing and cruel case that resulted in the animal being euthanised due to its injuries.

“Possums are one of the few marsupials that have adapted to suburban living and many people enjoy having wildlife around their homes.

“If people have issues with wildlife, there are alternatives to deter possums instead of harming them.”

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

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

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report confidentially online.