Man comes for­ward af­ter curlew shot by ar­row

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AF­TER see­ing out­raged posts on so­cial me­dia, a man at­tended Whitsunday Po­lice Sta­tion and said he may have been re­spon­si­ble for the shoot­ing of a curlew.

Fauna Res­cue Whit­sun­days As­so­ci­a­tion Inc. posted a photo of the in­jured na­tive bird on Face­book on Satur­day, stat­ing it had been picked up near Flame­tree.

The bird was still alive but the ar­row had to be re­moved from its wing and body.

RSPCA in­spec­tor Natalie Aitken said the in­jury had been re­ported to the or­gan­i­saion, and praised Fauna Res­cue Whitsunday for do­ing an “amaz­ing job in as­sist­ing with this an­i­mal”.

She called for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact RSPCA.

On Mon­day, Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals (PETA) Aus­tralia of­fered a re­ward to “catch Air­lie Beach bird shooter”.

“We are of­fer­ing up to $5,000 as a re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and con­vic­tion of the per­son or per­sons re­spon­si­ble for this hor­rific crime,” a spokes- woman said.

Whitsunday Po­lice Sta­tion Se­nior Sergeant Nathan Blain said a per­son vol­un­teered them­selves to po­lice on Mon­day, say­ing they may have been re­spon­si­ble for the in­jured bird.

Mr Blain said the man went to the sta­tion af­ter see­ing so­cial me­dia posts about a bird with an ar­row through its bo- dy. He said the man told po­lice he had been tar­get shoot­ing on the day, and been un­able to lo­cate one of his ar­rows.

He said he was not sure whether he had hit the bird.

Snr Sgt Blain said tar­get shoot­ing on private prop­erty was not il­le­gal.

At the time of go­ing to press the bird was still un­der­go­ing vet­eri­nary treat­ment.

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