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TAMS goes to war with the bowhunters of Mount Ainslie

By johnboy - 8 February 2012 37

Territory And Municipal Services are asking for the public’s help to find who’s been shooting kangaroos with arrows on Mount Ainslie:

Following a spate of arrow attacks on kangaroos in Mount Ainslie, the ACT Government is appealing to the public to help catch the people responsible.

“Unfortunately rangers from Parks and Conservation Service have taken calls from members of the public in the past two weeks about kangaroos in Mount Ainslie which have been shot by a bow and arrow,” Stephen Hughes, Manager, National Parks, Reserves and Rural Land.

“While one was already dead, the other needed to be put down to end its suffering.

“It is very distressing to discover this illegal behaviour which, in addition to the suffering caused to the kangaroos, poses a public safety hazard.

“Mount Ainslie is a high use reserve which is particularly popular with late afternoon and evening walkers, joggers and cyclists.

“ACT Policing has been notified of the illegal activity. Together with Rangers, police will step up their monitoring of the area.”

If you know something they’d like you to call 1800 333 000 or hit up the Crimestoppers website.

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TAMS goes to war with the bowhunters of Mount Ainslie
TheObserver 2:22 pm 08 Feb 12

Another day, another complete moron.

Mind you, one report said that a “professional bow and arrow” had been used – whatever that is. Does he mean it was bought in a shop? In which case a good start might be the two dealers in the ACT to see if they recognise it as one of their products. And both would likely assist to the full extent as this sort of thing is the sort of thing that would put them out of business.

Anyone with more than half a brain and an ounce of ethics who is into archery in the ACT, whether field, target, or those that hunt would not either shoot in a public reserve or shoot at natives. In all the archery shops that I use there are prominent signs stating very clearly that it is illegal to shoot native species with a bow.

This is something that I predict the RSPCA will leap all over, seeking to tar all archery enthusiasts with the same brush in the atypical and yet hypocritical style. Hypocritical? Yep – because every time a pitbull chows down on a kid, the local CEO bleats about blaming the breed. Well Mr Linke – don’t dish it out if you cannot eat it.

I sincerely hope the idiots responsible are caught and prosecuted – likely though they are juveniles and will get a whap across the nose with a limp stick of celery by one of our local Magistrates for showing faux remorse.

KB1971 2:18 pm 08 Feb 12

alaninoz said :

As both an archer and bowhunter all I can say is that I hope these criminals are caught, prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and that they receive an appropriate penalty – and I don’t mean a slap on the wrist.

Are the rules for bow hunters the same for shooters? (other than the licencing arrangements…)

KB1971 2:17 pm 08 Feb 12

Stevian said :

Felix the Cat said :

The other problem apart from killing/maiming kangaroos is that the arrow could potentially miss it’s intended target and hit a MTBer or bush walker.

I can’t see that as being an entirely bad thing

What, you dont like kangaroos?

Zeital 1:41 pm 08 Feb 12

almost sounds like the person who stole the Bow and Arrows a while back is putting his new found toy to good use…. hope the prick gets caught

qbngeek 1:04 pm 08 Feb 12

Disinformation said :

The biggest threat to these idiots is if the law abiding bowhunters and target archers get hold of them. The actions of one idiot always tars everyone else with the same brush.
If someone turns up at the hospital requiring an object suspiciously like a hunting bow removed from a rectal cavity, you can be sure that the archery community has found their man.

Damn right, only we will put that bow so far up thier butts that they will be nocking arrows in thier nostrils and drawing with thier ears.

This sort of crap makes life so much harder for genuine archers as everyone seems to think that someone from one of the archery clubs is involved, as if we would be that stupid.

Stevian 1:00 pm 08 Feb 12

Felix the Cat said :

The other problem apart from killing/maiming kangaroos is that the arrow could potentially miss it’s intended target and hit a MTBer or bush walker.

I can’t see that as being an entirely bad thing

Disinformation 12:32 pm 08 Feb 12

The biggest threat to these idiots is if the law abiding bowhunters and target archers get hold of them. The actions of one idiot always tars everyone else with the same brush.
If someone turns up at the hospital requiring an object suspiciously like a hunting bow removed from a rectal cavity, you can be sure that the archery community has found their man.

poetix 12:20 pm 08 Feb 12

It sounds like Deliverance on Mount Ainslie at the moment.
All we need is a banjo festival…

Felix the Cat 11:55 am 08 Feb 12

The other problem apart from killing/maiming kangaroos is that the arrow could potentially miss it’s intended target and hit a MTBer or bush walker.

harryhaller 11:46 am 08 Feb 12

I lack words to describe my contempt for someone who does this, let alone the consequences if a person is hit by an arrow.

alaninoz 11:11 am 08 Feb 12

As both an archer and bowhunter all I can say is that I hope these criminals are caught, prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and that they receive an appropriate penalty – and I don’t mean a slap on the wrist.

johnboy 10:33 am 08 Feb 12

Well, it’s a rare bowhunter who wants to lose their arrows.

And it’s not like our fisher friends don’t end up leaving hooks in all manner of fish.

But agreed this is probably not a great place for this activity.

KB1971 10:30 am 08 Feb 12

Yeah, I am not sure about the use of a bow & arrows in public places. As a firarms license holder I would be hung drawn & quartered if I decided to wander around with my .22 maiming animals.

If you are going to hunt, use your kill. If you are going to hunt for fun & end up maiming animals, then you are a retard.

Ben_Dover 10:07 am 08 Feb 12

They know there will be no consequences to their actions, that’s what wrong with them.

Thumper 9:51 am 08 Feb 12

Oh FFS.

What is wrong with these fucktards!!!

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