Mayor appalled at senseless platypus deaths

AlburyCity has joined NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in appealing for information on a spate of brutal platypus deaths in recent weeks.

Three dead platypus have been found in the Albury Botanic Gardens over the past five weeks, two had their head removed.

Mayor Kevin Mack says wildlife experts and a local vet have confirmed that the animals have somehow been trapped then decapitated with a sharp object.

“All three platypus were found in the gardens and we suspect that they were dumped there by the person responsible for their deaths,” Cr Mack said.

“Platypus are a protected species under the National Parks and Wildlife (NPW) Act and their deaths are all the more concerning due to the brutal way in which they appear to have been killed.

“We are urging anyone with information on these senseless attacks on our native animals to please report it to the NPWS Office in Tumut.”

Cr Mack described the deaths as senseless. “I’m sure the community will be equally appalled and I encourage anyone with information to come forward.”

“Platypus are an iconic yet elusive Australian animal that can sometimes be spotted in town on at the edge of the River.”

It is an offence under the NPW Act to harm native animals.   Penalties include a fine of up to $11,000 and or six months imprisonment.

Anyone with information should contact NPWS Tumut Office on 6947 7025 or CrimeStoppers 1800 333 000.