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UPDATE: Police appeal for witnesses to wallaby shooting

UPDATE: POLICE have launched a public appeal for assistance to find who shot and killed swamp wallaby Mackenzie at the Fraser Coast Wildlife sanctuary.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said the person responsible for firing the shot had committed an office.

The young swamp wallaby, the first bred at the sanctuary, was shot about 2pm on Sunday.

International tourists and staff were in the area at the time and heard the shot.

If you have any information on Mackenzie's death call police on 4123 5333 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

UPDATE: POLICE are continuing investigations into a swamp wallaby that was shot dead at the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary in Maryborough. 

Police are urging anyone with information that may help with the investigation to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

Mackenzie, the first swamp wallaby to have been bred at the haven, was found with a single shot to the head on Monday morning.

Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary curator Ray Revill said staff heard a gunshot around 2pm on Sunday afternoon but did not realise the young hopper had been killed.

EARLIER: 

A WILDLIFE carer has been left devastated and the future of a breeding program is now uncertain after a heartless gunman shot dead a swamp wallaby at the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary in Maryborough.

Mackenzie, the first swamp wallaby to have been bred at the haven, was found with a single shot to the head on Monday morning.

The sanctuary had plans to pair the two-year-old animal with male wallaby Jacko to help continue a breeding program.

Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary curator Ray Revill said staff heard a gunshot around 2pm on Sunday afternoon but did not realise the young hopper had been killed.

"It is something that has upset me, it has upset the staff," he said.

"For this to happen in suburbia, it's beyond a joke."

Mr Revill said it was the third time an animal at the sanctuary had been shot.

The incident had left the sanctuary rattled as both staff and international tourists had been in the area at the time the shot was heard.

"If that had been one of my staff, if these idiots missed, I would not have been able to keep going," he said.

Mr Revill said Mackenzie was one of two females which were involved in the breeding program.

However, the remaining female was aging so he was unsure how successful breeding attempts would be.

Maryborough police Constable Trent Forster said a forensic team would investigate but it was too early to determine the exact weapon used in the callous shooting.

"It may have been with a scoped firearm," he said.

It is believed the shot was fired from Biggenden Rd.

Const Forster said police were "definitely concerned" about the incident.

Swamp wallaby

Dark brown fur, often lighter rusty patches on belly

Between 66cm and 85cm

Prefers thick forest undergrowth or sandstone heath

Topics:  fraser coast wildlife sanctuary ray revill wallaby



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