Police brood over suspected fowl play at chook pen
There has been a case of fowl play out at Harding Dam, where a brood of chickens involved in a Government disease prevention program have been plucked from their roost.
Ten chickens owned by the Department of Health and kept by the Water Corporation as part of the sentinel chicken program for testing and preventing mosquito-borne viruses, were recently stolen over the space of a week.
Roebourne police are investigating the case and acting Sergeant Brendan Byrne said the chickens were taken in two separate stages, with four first noticed missing around January 27 and six more gone days later.
Sgt Byrne said all signs were that the chickens had flown the coop unwillingly.
“Nothing like this has happened in the past,” he said.
“It doesn’t seem like an animal’s gotten in and taken them, it seems like someone’s come in and removed them.
“There were footprints left at the scene.”
A Water Corporation spokeswoman said testing would be able to continue despite the thefts, because 14 hens remained.
Sgt Byrne said police were scratching about for information and were calling on the public to help.
“There is no CCTV up there, so we’re pretty much relying on people who might have seen something,” he said.
If you have any information, call Roebourne police on 9182 1133.