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Man faces court over killing roos in Namadgi

28-June-2007

ACT Policing, in partnership with Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) Park Rangers, have identified a 30-year-old Chapman man who allegedly shot 20 kangaroos in Namadgi National Park.

The offences occurred between November 2006 and January 2007.  Police identified the alleged offender and have seized the rifle believed to have been used in the shootings.

Police and Rangers who patrol the national parks would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public that this kind of illegal behaviour will not be tolerated.

Senior Constable Brian McAlonan of ACT Policing’s Rural Patrol said: “Police and Park Rangers work very closely to combat crime in remote areas of the ACT. 

“Offences such as killing native animals carry a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment and are taken very seriously by both police and the rangers who patrol the national parks day and night,” Senior Constable McAlonan said.

Police will allege that the offender killed 18 kangaroos, with a further two euthanised by Park Rangers because the initial bullets had not killed the animals. 

AFP Forensics Ballistics specialists are analysing the bullets and the weapon to verify the offending weapon.

TAMS Parks, Conservation and Lands Director, Russell Watkinson, said the offences committed in the National Park were abhorrent.

“Some of the kangaroos were shot in the hip or the tail and left to die a slow and painful death – it was a cruel and senseless act,” said Mr Watkinson.

“In addition, the shootings took place in a national park which is open to the public, potentially creating a very dangerous situation. I am very pleased with the investigative results which highlight the excellent working relationship established between ACT Policing and Park Rangers,” said Mr Watkinson.

The alleged offender will face the ACT Magistrates Court on August 10 2007, charged with killing a native animal, discharging a firearm in a public place and failure to notify the Firearms Registrar of change of address.

 

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