Man fined for illegal kangaroo shooting

Man fined for illegal kangaroo shooting

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A Renmark man has been convicted and fined in the Berri Magistrates Court recently for offences relating to the illegal shooting of 27 kangaroos.

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A Renmark man has been convicted and fined in the Berri Magistrates Court recently for offences relating to the illegal shooting of 27 kangaroos.

The man pled guilty for breaching the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 and was fined $3750, in addition to paying court costs and the Victims of Crime Levy.

Under the Act, kangaroos are considered a protected native animal and can not be shot or illegally taken, unless authorised via a permit from the Department of Environment and Water.

Conservation and Wildlife director Lisien Loan said the conviction served as a stark reminder to landowners and shooting contractors that a permit must be obtained before shooting any abundant wildlife on their property.

"DEW takes the illegal shooting of native animals very seriously," she said.

"We acknowledge that large kangaroo populations can have potential impacts on crops, pasture and native vegetation and that's why we provide landholders with an avenue to manage kangaroos on their property through a stringent permit system.

"We must ensure kangaroo numbers are ethically managed so it's important that landowners apply to DEW for a Permit to Destroy Wildlife before taking any action.

"A commercial harvest industry operates across most of the state but again, please do not engage a professional shooter until you have obtained the necessary permit."

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Significant penalties apply for illegally shooting a kangaroo, attracting fines of up to $2500 or imprisonment of six months, plus an additional fine of $50 per animal.

Kangaroos must be taken according to the relevant National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies to ensure correct animal welfare.

Anyone with information relating to suspected unlawful wildlife activities can also make an anonymous report to DEW by calling 08 8204 1910.

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