Man comes forward after curlew shot by arrow
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.