The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is seeking information regarding the shooting of and interference with a kangaroo in Melbourne’s outer north-east.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is seeking information regarding the shooting of and interference with a kangaroo in Melbourne’s outer north-east.

Last month a dead kangaroo was found tied to a chair on Plenty Road, Mernda draped in a shawl, with a cap and a bottle of ouzo propped up in its arms.

DELWP Senior Investigator Mike Sverns said: “This is appalling and immoral behaviour and we are urging anyone with information to come forward.”

“The kangaroo had been shot at least three times, prior to it being arranged in the chair.”

“It would have taken some time to stage the kangaroo in that position on the side of the road and we are certain that someone would have seen something, given the public area and traffic flow of this main road.”

“Killing and interfering with protected native wildlife are serious offences. We are urging anyone living in the communities of Mernda, Doreen, and Yarrambat to assist us with our investigation.”

Under the Wildlife Act 1975 the penalties associated with killing, destroying and being in control of unlawfully taken protected wildlife range from $7,500 to $36,500 and/or six to 24 months’ imprisonment.

DELWP has partnered with Crime Stoppers to assist with their investigation. Reporting is confidential, we only need your information to solve crime, not your name.

Members of the public are encouraged to report this or any other environmental crime by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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