Kangaroo that attacked man in his backyard will be shot
THE large kangaroo that attacked Torbanlea man Robert Franklin will be humanely destroyed.
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection acting director of wildlife management Mike Devery said a senior wildlife officer visited the Melinda Rd property to speak firsthand with Mr Franklin and assess the situation.
He said the roo was expected to be euthanised this week.
"The property owner has this morning lodged an application with the department for a damage mitigation permit (DMP) to euthanise the animal by shooting and his application is being processed as a matter of urgency.
"It's not expected there will be any concerns about issuing this permit, however the property owner is aware he also needs approval from police to discharge a firearm at the location, once the DMP has been issued.
"The large male eastern grey kangaroo responsible for the attack has distinctive markings and was observed by the Department's wildlife officer. For safety reasons it was not approached."
Mr Devery said the incident highlighted that native animals had natural instinct and might behave unpredictably.
"Kangaroos in the wild are normally wary and will keep their distance from humans, however occasionally an animal may behave in an aggressive manner such as this, usually during breeding season.
"As residential areas in many parts of Queensland increasingly encroach into wildlife habitat, native animals such as kangaroos may lose their natural wariness to humans.
"Anyone living or visiting rural residential areas should be aware that they are likely to share the same environment with native animals and people should educate themselves about how to reduce risks from potential negative interaction.
Torbanlea residents have thrown support behind the idea to cull the kangaroos that have taken up residence in their backyards following the weekend attack on Mr Franklin.
Mr Franklin received multiple injuries when he was set upon by the aggressive six-foot male roo just near his back door.
Neighbours said they were concerned for the safety of the children who lived in the area.
"You get dingoes that attack children on Fraser Island and they are destroyed straight away, but this is going to take some time," next-door neighbour Fred McDonald said.
"What happens if they attack someone else, a kid or something?
"Personally, I think they should be put down."
Likewise, Mr Franklin's wife Rosena, who fended off her husband's attack by charging at the roo with a mop, said the animals shouldn't be living in such close proximity to humans.
She believes they should be removed from built-up areas.
Wildlife attacks should be reported to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection on 137 468.