Police probe attempted Exmouth wildlife poisoning
Exmouth police are calling on the public’s help to solve a string of what they suspect to be attempted wildlife poisonings in the town centre.
In the past fortnight, most recently today, there have been three incidents near Willersdorf Road in which either a container lid of bird seed or apples and cinnamon were found laced with a crystalline substance.
Police believe the substance is some kind of poison and intended to harm either emus, kangaroos, cockatoos or ibises as the species most common on the two sports ovals that bound Willersdorf Road.
Exmouth police officer-in-charge Sergeant Paul World said they were asking the public to help their investigation by being vigilant in the area, and if they saw suspicious activity to record the relevant vehicle registration number and report it to police.
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He said this was the first time local police had seen someone apparently setting out to poison wildlife and they were taking the case seriously.
“We’ve had rumours of people baiting dogs in town but this is the first time it looks like someone is targeting the wildlife,” he said.
“It’s extremely disappointing that someone would want to take these steps to poison some native flora and fauna which are causing no problems and are actually promoting Exmouth as a tourist spot.”
If you have any information that can help, contact Exmouth police on 9947 8700.
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