Dead wallabies with gunshot wounds found on university campus


More wallabies have been shot dead at a Townsville university, the second such case in less than a week.

Two carcasses have been found on a sports field at the city’s James Cook University campus. Three other wallabies that were also shot were found on the campus on Friday last week.

The latest killings are believed to have happened sometime on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning and were reported to police this morning.

“Queensland Police are investigating after a number of wallaby carcasses were located at an educational facility in Douglas overnight,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

Wallabies were attacked in Townsville overnight. Source: Getty (file pic)

“The incident may be linked to a similar incident on October 5 where three wallaby carcasses with apparent gunshot wounds were located at the same campus.”

The University confirmed that the incident occurred overnight.

“James Cook University is assisting Queensland Police who are investigating the killing of wallabies on a sports field at the University’s Townsville campus overnight,” a campus statement said.

“A number of wallabies have been killed, and police suspect the animals had been shot.”

Anyone who has information about the incident is urged to contact Policelink on 131 444.

The incident comes after shocking video emerged showing dozens of wild wallabies violently hurling themselves at full force into a chained fence in Cairns in July.

– With AAP