kangaroo with arrow in hindquartersTwo kangaroos were found earlier this week with arrows protruding resulting in one being euthanised and a joey left motherless.

DELWP Wildlife Officer, Abby Smith, said: “This is the second incident in a matter of weeks involving wildlife being shot with arrows.”

“It is a privilege to live alongside wildlife and important to remember all wildlife in Victoria is protected and it is illegal to kill or harm.”

“A male kangaroo, with an arrow in its hind quarter, was taken to Melbourne Zoo, treated, and is now back with the wildlife carer and is doing well.”

“The second kangaroo, a female with a joey in pouch, was found with an arrow in her neck and had to be euthanised. The joey is in care.”

“These are horrific acts of cruelty and we are calling on the community to report any information they may have.”

Last month a Ringtail Possum was found on Clegg Avenue, Croydon and had been shot by an arrow, possibly fired from a crossbow.

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.

Page last updated: 07/06/19