Authorities are appealing for information following an incident last week at Lake Arragan campground in Yuraygir National Park in which a kangaroo was reported to have two large arrows embedded in its body.
Campers in the Yuraygir National Park Lake Arragan campground awoke on Wednesday morning to a grisly sight, as a kangaroo hobbled past their camp with arrows through its leg under its knee and a second through its back.
“Despite numerous searches by our staff, the unfortunate animal has not been found,” National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Ranger Dave Redman said.
“Campers alerted nearby NPWS Rangers who quickly began searching for both the injured kangaroo and the persons responsible.”
Acting on information, rangers visited a Woodford Island residence where a vehicle was searched and the driver interviewed. An infringement notice was issued for an unrelated offence.
“Investigations are continuing and further persons are yet to be interviewed,” Mr Redman said.
“At this stage persons responsible for the attack have not been identified and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about this matter.
“The kangaroo has yet to be found, however, is unlikely to survive these awful injuries.
“Visitors were appalled that such a thing could occur, particularly in a national park where native animals are meant to be safe from this kind of thing.
“Visitors to National Parks are reminded that firearms and archery equipment are prohibited.
“Kangaroos are protected and it is unlawful to interfere with, harm or kill them. Penalties of up to $3300 or six months jail apply for killing them.”
If anyone has information concerning this matter they can contact local Police, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or the Grafton NPWS office on 02 6641 1500.