DISTURBING photos have emerged of a dead juvenile kangaroo with its legs chopped off and a plastic bag tied around its head.
A Fraser Coast man who wanted to remain anonymous made the gruesome discovery in an urban part of Hervey Bay close to where children play.
The man told the Chronicle he found the animal in a reserve near the Raward Rd sports grounds.
Concerned with the mysterious butchering of the animal, he contacted the RSPCA and wildlife groups to complain about a possible case of animal cruelty.
RSPCA inspector Penny Flaherty confirmed she was aware of the incident but said the RSPCA had wrapped up its investigation and could not at this stage rule it a case of animal cruelty.
"At this stage there is insufficient evidence to indicate an offence against the animal care and protection act," she said.
"As the interference of the body evidence indicates this (the legs being chopped off) was done post mortem."
Ms Flahertry said it was possible the kangaroo was killed by a car or died of natural causes.
However, Wide Bay Burnett Environment Council manager Emma-Kate Currie said it was the nature of the discovering and how the corpse was left that was most disturbing.
"Regardless of (how it died) it's still a completely unacceptable way to treat an animal even if it did happen to be road kill taken there from elsewhere," Ms Currie said.
"We still believe that the chances of it having being hit by a car elsewhere and taken to the site with a bag placed over its head is pretty slim.
"And the question begs: why would you take it there if you found it on the side of the road?"
If you have any information which could assist the RSPCA investigation, phone 1300 852 188.
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