Attacked man gets green light to shoot kangaroo
AUTHORITIES have given Torbanlea man Robert Franklin approval to shoot the eastern grey kangaroo that attacked him in his backyard last weekend.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection today approved an application and issued a permit to Mr Franklin to euthanise the aggressive male roo that left him with deep cuts and scratches to his face, chest, arms and legs.
The permit comes amid calls from members of the public to save the roo, which attacked Mr Franklin when he tried to shoo it away from his veranda on Saturday afternoon.
At the time, the animal was fighting with another buck.
Acting director of wildlife management Mike Devery said the EHP believed human safety outweighed the objections of other local residents about the decision to destroy the animal.
Mr Franklin has been advised he will need to seek a permit from the police to discharge a firearm on his property.