Authorities are appealing for information following the death of a wallaby believed to have been shot on July 24 at Broken Head, south of Byron Bay.
The gruesome discovery was made by a visitor on Tallow Beach who found a wound visible at the top of the head near the wallaby’s left ear.
A live joey was removed from the wallaby’s pouch and is being cared for by WIRES Northern Rivers.
Australians for Animals Inc is now offering a reward of $1,000 for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the offender(s).
The charity has also invited other concerned citizens to add to the reward money as, according to spokesperson Sue Arnold, ‘it is now imperative that we find a way to end this slaughter’.
National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) Byron coast area manager, Sue Walker, said a further examination revealed the entry wound at the top of the head and an exit wound through the jaw of the animal.
‘We are appealing for people with any information that may assist this investigation to contact NPWS on 6620 9300 or Australians for Animals on 6680 3674.
‘It is illegal to harm protected wildlife and to possess or discharge a firearm in a nature reserve. It is also a serious concern that a person is in possession of and discharging a firearm in this very popular public place adjacent to a caravan park.’
Byron Bay Police will increase patrols in the area.
Sharron McGregor of WIRES said, ‘We are asking people to watch out for suspicious activity and to report injured wildlife to the WIRES hotline 6628 1898’.