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Rangers take man's pet kangaroos

NATURE CONSERVATION ACT: Colin Candy has had his kangaroos removed from his Apple Tree Creek property. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
NATURE CONSERVATION ACT: Colin Candy has had his kangaroos removed from his Apple Tree Creek property. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

AN APPLE Tree Creek man is planning to take further action after five pet kangaroos were confiscated from his property.

Colin Candy said Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers came to his property at 7.30am yesterday with a warrant to take his pets away.

"It took them five hours to catch the kangaroos because I wouldn't help them," he said.

Mr Candy said he had had the kangaroos at his property since July 2009.

"I don't know what the reason was for taking them away," he said.

"I was just keeping them as pets."

Mr Candy said he wanted the law changed so anybody who found an injured animal would be able to take it home and look after it

"I want to make it so people can keep native animals as pets," he said.

Mr Candy said he planned to write to the Director-General of the Environment and Heritage Protection Department and Premier Campbell Newman and ask for the return of his kangaroos.

"They were in a good home here," he said.

"The chances are they'll die because they stress when they don't have people they're familiar with around them."

Mr Candy said kangaroos were slaughtered by the thousands in farmers' paddocks, but he couldn't keep some as pets.

"They don't bark, they don't annoy the neighbours, and they don't bite people," he said.

Mr Candy has a history of clashes with the authorities over his bid to keep pet kangaroos.

Last year he failed in a High Court bid to reverse a Court of Appeal ruling over a pet kangaroo taken from his property.

An Environment and Heritage Protection spokesman confirmed wildlife officers had removed five red kangaroos from a property near Childers.

He said the department alleged the kangaroos were being kept in contravention of the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

"Under the Act, members of the public can be approved wildlife handlers, carers and rehabilitators but there is no provision for taking or keeping kangaroos or wallabies with a view to domesticating them," he said.



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