Kangaroos shot in Greenvale | Northern

Craigieburn Police are investigating after a number of kangaroos were found dead in Greenvale last month.

Police were called to a vacant lot near Alderback Way on Tuesday, July 19, where they found dismembered kangaroos.

The incident is believed to have taken place between midnight and 1:30 am.

Greenvale resident Sarah Shedden said she witnessed a kangaroo being dismembered by bolt cutters, while others were shot and hung upside down from the back of the utes. The incident is believed to have happened less than 250 meters from homes.

“I am incredibly upset that people are photographing our animals so close to all of our homes, and that includes our neighbors,” Ms Shedden said.

“There is a very real risk of stray bullets entering our properties and endangering our families and pets.

“The local kangaroo crowd is our favorite thing about where we live.”

Alyssa Wormald of the Victorian Kangaroo Alliance said it was illegal to shoot within 250 yards of homes.

Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick said the incident highlighted the need to end the killing of kangaroos through the Kangaroo Harvesting Program and the Authority to Control Wildlife Permits.

This year’s quota under the harvest program was set at 185,850 gray kangaroos.

“Continuous shooting has the potential to devastate localized roo populations,” he said.

Anyone with information about the Alderback Way incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.

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