BRISBANE – A Queensland police officer is being investigated for the illegal slaughter of more than 20 kangaroos.

Horse riders stumbled on the carcasses of the animals on a property at Booral, near Hervey Bay, last month.

Some joeys were shot at point-blank range, and only one of the three young that survived the shooting could be saved.

Kangaroos are a protected animal and it is an offence to kill them without a permit.

Offenders are fined up to $10,000 per kangaroo.

To obtain a permit, landholders must outline the damage a kangaroo population is causing.

The Department of Environment and Resource Management has turned its investigation into the Booral shooting over to Queensland Police, who yesterday confirmed The Fraser Coast Chronicle’s report that one of its own officers was being investigated.

”Investigators have spoken to a number of people including a serving police officer as part of their inquiries,” police said.

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