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May 17, 2021

Mass wallaby killing in nature reserve

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Ballina police are investigating the site of multiple wallaby deaths on Seven Mile Beach.

Police say as many as 12 of the protected animals have been found dead in the area over the past week, some with obvious bullet wounds.

The discovery comes just weeks after the state government announced that some national parks in the state, including three on the north coast, would be open to shooting of feral animals.

Wallabies were not on the list of permissible animals to be shot and Seven Mile Beach Nature Reserve was not one of the parks opened for shooting.

But wildlife advocates fear that the publicity surrounding the new legislation may have motivated the rampage.

Police believe the shootings are taking place at night or early morning during the week.

Anyone found guilty of shooting the protected species faces a fine of up to $11,000 and/or six months in jail.

Police are continuing to investigate and anyone with information can call Ballina police on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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  1. People shouldn’t have guns anyway in the bush especially in a very beautiful nature reserve! But now that we have these new laws about shooting feral animals our precious wildlife suffers and people get away with it. We hardly have any wildlife as it.
    Thanks a lot to the shooter’s party, real smart that is!

  2. Absolutely disgusted by this news, I hope the police find whoever did this and inflict the full force of the law onto them. Up until recently I used to stay with a friend living within the 7 Mile nature reserve and we used to love having the families of these wallabies come by. The pictures in the slide show were taken during their visits and is a tribute to their lives. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzEz5JFjY1A&feature=colike

  3. Unfortunately – for all those anti-hunters, NPA members et al, and animal-libbers out there – this is another ABC/NPWS ” beat-up”!
    These wallabies [it has now been established] were killed by the current drought and via the action of town-dogs.
    You see the lack of pasture got them into weakened state and gross over-population at Seven Mile Beach and this slowed them enough so the mutts could catch them and kill them- slowly.
    Hey – it’s all a natural phenomenon afterall – so how can it be so “wrong”?


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