Man charged for killing livestock with bow and arrow

DETECTIVES from Forest Hill Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad have charged a 32-year-old man with multiple offences relating to killing and stealing the meat from livestock.

The man from the Esk area has been charged with multiple offences of trespass, killing an animal with the intent to steal and stealing.

Forest Hill Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad detective Senior Constable Scott Petrie said the offences occurred in the Redbank Creek area, where the man had allegedly been hunting with a bow and arrow.

Police will allege the man killed a farmed African boer goat with an arrow and stole meat from the carcass.

"On another property, the offender has again used an arrow to shoot and kill a five-year-old stud droughtmaster cow before again stealing meat from the dead animal," Det SnrConst Petrie said.

Detectives from Forest Hill SARCIS executed a search warrant at the man's home and seized items linked to the unlawful killing of the two animals.

They also found dangerous drugs at the home.

The man was charged with the possession and production of a dangerous drug.

Det Snr Const Petrie said killing livestock was a common occurrence.

"It happens pretty regularly, and not just in the Lockyer Valley area," he said.

"Usually it's killers, where they take one beast for the meat … (but) this was different, where he hunted them with a bow and arrow."

Det Snr Const Petrie urged property owners to talk to their neighbours and discuss which hunters had permission to enter their properties in a bid to identify trespassers.

The man is due to appear in the Toogoolawah magistrates court today.


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