Trinity Beach agile wallabies – investigation update
4 July 2018
Re: Investigation following social media video of agile wallabies at Trinity Beach jumping into fences
Please attribute to a Department of Environment and Science (DES) spokesperson:
As part of its investigation into potential interference with agile wallabies at Trinity Beach, DES wildlife officers have received information to suggest the animals filmed may have been disturbed by people at the scene.
As part of DES’ enquiries, a member of the public has suggested that other people on-site at the time of the filming may have contributed to the animals behaving erratically.
The area featured in the video is enclosed by fencing with gate access, and DES wildlife officers who inspected the site today did not observe any agile wallabies in this fenced AFL ground area.
The state of the animals on the video and the receipt of this information is highly concerning and DES will be considering all legal options available to the department.
Wildlife officers will continue to regularly inspect the area and liaise with Cairns Regional Council and other stakeholders with regards to management of wallabies, fencing and access points.
As this is an ongoing investigation, we won’t be providing further information. We will however keep the community informed once this matter has been finalised.
DES is asking for anyone with information about this matter to contact the department on 1300 130 372, and callers can choose to remain anonymous.