Cowes police are increasing patrols after a number of wallabies were shot at a local golf course overnight on Saturday, August 7.
Police were notified of the incident the following day after a member of the public saw the deceased animals while walking their dog.
“We didn’t have any calls for gunshots, so we weren’t notified of anything at that time,” Sergeant Chris Brinkman said.
“But given that it looks like a very small calibre [firearm], obviously it is not going to make a massive amount of noise.”
Sgt Brinkman noted the incident was extremely concerning for police, as the shooting was near residential properties and involved the killing of native wildlife.
“We definitely don’t want people shooting wallabies on a golf course,” he said.
“Patrols have been increased as a result of this, especially night shift.
“We’re pretty confident it was a very small calibre gun as no one heard it.”
Anyone who has information or witnessed any unusual activity should contact Cowes Police Station on 5952 2037 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.