Pelican’s arrow death probed
The alleged killing of a pelican by a bow and arrow in Exmouth a week ago has prompted the Department of Parks and Wildlife to appeal to the public for information.
A bird was found dead with an arrow lodged in its body by a family walking near a popular beach in the Exmouth Gulf on Sunday, October 16.
Department of Parks and Wildlife Exmouth District wildlife officer Grant Griffin said it appeared the bird had not been killed instantly as the shooter had not retrieved the arrow, and had likely been shot a day or two earlier. He called it a “callous” act.
“It’s not like they were using it for food,” he said. “We’re disappointed. (Pelicans) are protected fauna and it’s illegal to just kill them.”
Pelicans are protected fauna under the Wildlife Conservation Act and it is illegal to kill, hunt or injure them. The maximum penalty for doing so is a $4000 fine.
Mr Griffin, who works across an area from Onslow to Red Bluff north of Carnarvon, said cases of animal cruelty were occasional but not uncommon.
“It’s disturbing how much of it does occur,” he said.
However, he said as a community Exmouth was overwhelmingly “passionate about their wildlife”.
“We probably only have incidents like this once a year,” he said.