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Koala Death warrants

Koala Death warrants

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Cape Bridgewater

The Conservation Regulator has executed further search warrants as a major investigation continues into the deaths of koalas at Cape Bridgewater.

Search warrants took place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week in the Portland and Heywood areas.

Victoria Police assisted with the operations.

Electronic and documentary evidence was seized, in addition to numerous other items including an allegedly unregistered firearm.

A total of six search warrants have now been executed in south west Victoria as part of this investigation.

The Conservation Regulator’s Major Investigations Unit has been investigating the koala deaths since Sunday 2 February, when a crime scene was established at a Cape Bridgewater property.

Chief Conservation Regulator Kate Gravens states;

“Our investigators have collected a number of witness statements and are continuing to seek out new witnesses, who could provide crucial information as part of our investigation.”

“We are appealing to members of the public who may have information about this case to contact Crime Stoppers, as even a small amount of information may lead to significant outcome.”

“Anyone with information can make an anonymous report to Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000

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As the investigation develops, the Conservation Regulator is continuing to encourage anyone with information about the case to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

All wildlife in Victoria is protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. Killing or disturbing wildlife can attract a maximum penalty of up to $8,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

An additional fine of more than $820 per head of wildlife may also apply. Additional penalties apply for animal cruelty.


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