The Northern Beaches area of Coffs Harbour, especially around Safety Beach, Sandy Beach and Moonee, is well known for its kangaroo mobs.
The Northern Beaches area of Coffs Harbour, especially around Safety Beach, Sandy Beach and Moonee, is well known for its kangaroo mobs.

Animals found mutilated in park

A GOANNA found mutilated in Bongil Bongil National Park on October 18 is not the only native animal to have apparently suffered from deliberately-inflicted damage recently.

The body of a dead kangaroo was found on the northern side of Coffs Harbour on October 20 with the head and tail removed.

The head was discovered two days later with what were reported as boiling water burns to the face, as well as the eyes blinded and the ears cut off.

Residents said while this animal was discovered on Pinehurst Drive at Avocado Heights, there had been reports of other injured kangaroos at nearby Heritage Park at Moonee.

The Northern Beaches area of Coffs Harbour, especially around Safety Beach, Sandy Beach and Moonee, is well known for its large population of kangaroos.

Although the animals’ depredations on gardens and lawns are not always welcomed by residents, the mobs of ’roos are generally considered a positive feature of the area and are admired by tourists and visitors.

The area manager for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Glenn Storrie, said they were investigating the matter and would welcome any input from the community

A goanna was found dead and disembowelled in Bongil Bongil National Park on October 18.

The dead monitor lizard was found beside a crude campsite in sand hills near the south bank of Bonville Creek by a patrolling National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger.

As the campsite was in view of houses in South Sawtell, NPWS rangers are hoping someone may have noticed the fire at the campsite on October 16, where two people are believed to have camped after travelling there by canoe or tinnie.

If you know who was responsible for either of these attacks contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or NPWS on 6652 0900 or call into the NPWS jetty office.


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