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Man will take legal action after rangers took pet kangaroos

Kangaroos have been removed from Colin Candy's Apple Tree Creek property.
Kangaroos have been removed from Colin Candy's Apple Tree Creek property. Mike Knott

AN APPLE Tree Creek man will take legal action after 10 officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Queensland Parks and Wildlife arrived at his home to seize five of his kangaroos.

The officers, together with three police officers and a vet, came unannounced to Colin Candy's house at 7.30am on Wednesday with a warrant to seize his beloved red kangaroos.

While he admitted he didn't have a permit to keep the kangaroos, Mr Candy said he didn't need one.

"I worked as a paramedic in the 70s and my job was to save lives and that's what I'm doing now," he said.

"Kangaroos are treated like pariahs in their own country so I don't understand why I can't keep them.

"They are harmless beautiful creatures who don't come out of the bush to hurt you like tigers.

"I applied for a permit numerous times in the past and have only been rejected.

"Only rescue permits are given out."

Mr Candy, who was shaken by the incident, wasn't summonsed to go to court but said he would take legal action to reclaim his kangaroos.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection alleged the kangaroos were being kept in contravention of the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

A department spokesman said under the Act, members of the public could be approved wildlife handlers, carers and rehabilitators but there is no provision for taking or keeping kangaroos or wallabies with a view to domesticating them.

"The kangaroos will be assessed with a view to releasing them back into the wild at a suitable location if possible," he said.

"Depending on the circumstances, the maximum penalty for the unauthorised keeping of kangaroos is currently $133,850."

This is not the first time, Mr Candy's home was raided for not having a permit.

In 2001, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife officers raided his home and seized his Kangaroo, Mitchell and in November the same year his beloved Marcy was taken away.

Both kangaroos died shortly after being taken away.

Topics:  apple tree creek, colin candy, kangaroos, officers, seized




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