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Gun louts kill roos

Friday, 2nd August, 2013

By Kurtis J Eichler

Kangaroos are being shot from moving cars along the Menindee Road and left for dead, police said yesterday .

The police are investigating reports that a number of kangaroos had been gunned down overnight on Wednesday at various places along the road.

It is illegal for anyone to use a firearm in a public place, police said.

The Barrier Local Area Command’s crime manager, Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg said the exact number of animals killed was not yet known but carcasses could be seen along the roadway.

“It seems that people,who are travelling on these roads may well have been not only spotlighting but also shooting and killing the roos,” DI Stoltenberg said.

“Any person that is found discharging a firearm in a public place will be investigated by police and if there is sufficient evidence, then action will be taken against you.”

It could also lead to offenders losing their guns and shooter’s licence, he said.

“This is a dangerous criminal activity that places others at risk.”

Wayne Singleton from RRANA (the Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Animals) condemned the cruelty.

Mr Singleton said he was at a loss to explain why incidents like this occurred.

“It’s just the cruelty factor,” he said.

“Most of them would have a gun in their vehicle, see an animal on the road and just shoot it,” he said.

“I’m not saying it’s all locals. It could be out-of-towners, too.”

RRANA have no power to stop the senseless killings they can only clean up the mess left behind by the gunmen.

Kangaroos were an important part of Australia’s landscape and a very big attraction to tourists from overseas, Mr Singleton said.

“It’s a treat to drive down the road and see the animals on the side of the road.”

Social media users yesterday said they had also noticed a number of “strange roo deaths” near Silverton.

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