Pel­i­can’s ar­row death probed

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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