Police have shared images of a man they would like to speak with after a kangaroo was allegedly deliberately killed at Bathurst, in western NSW.
It shows a man who is Caucasian in appearance, with a medium build, and wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans. His face has been splashed across social media by authorities who said they are hopeful he "may be able to assist with their inquiries."
The investigation follows a report on Tuesday that the marsupial had been tortured and killed at McPhillamy Park, Mount Panorama. The park is located at the top of the mountain where wildlife is known to congregate. Officers who attended the scene discovered the body of a kangaroo.
There are early indications that a group of males were involved in the incident on the weekend, police said. They are also hoping to speak to a second man, whose image they have not released, also Caucasian and wearing red glasses and footwear described as “white and black stripped slide-on sandals”.
Police appeal for help with their inquiries
Across Australia, all native animals are protected, and harming or interfering with them is prohibited unless a permit is acquired.
Animal welfare agencies continue to be alarmed at separate sustained attacks on wildlife across the country, with many carried out by white males. They have raised concerns that abuse of animals can lead to attacks on humans.
Police have asked anyone with information in relation to the incident to contact Bathurst detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Reports can be anonymous.
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