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Gunmen pepper roos with pellets

Saturday, 11th May, 2013

Meat processors have been finding an unusually high amount of shotgun pellets in kangaroo carcasses. Meat processors have been finding an unusually high amount of shotgun pellets in kangaroo carcasses.

By Darrin Manuel

Kangaroos in western NSW appear to have become the target of illegal shooters armed with shotguns.

At a recent NSW Kangaroo Management Advisory Panel meeting in Dubbo, panel members called for animal welfare issues to be addressed surrounding non-commercial and illegal shooting.

The panel was told that metal detectors at commercial meat processors were frequently picking up metal fragments in carcasses - namely, shotgun pellets.

The meeting was attended by West Darling Pastoralists' Association (WDPA) councillor, Lachlan Gall, who said illegal shooters were almost certainly responsible.

Mr Gall said commercial kangaroo hunters used rifles and aimed to bring down animals as quickly and humanely as possible with a single shot.

"It's been suggested that it's illegal shooting going on," he said.

"The people that are possibly doing this would not be pastoralists. I'm confident pastoralists are doing the right thing."

Barrier LAC Crime Manager, Mick Stoltenberg, warned that tough penalties applied to those who misused firearms.

"There are clear laws that relate to safely using firearms and hunting," he said.

"Police want to remind everyone if they have intentions of going on shooting trips to abide by the law at all times."

The issue of kangaroo management and other topics are likely to be discussed at the WDPA Annual General Meeting on Friday.

It will be held at 10am at the West Football Club, and will be opened by National Farmers' Federation CEO, Matt Linnegar.

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