- Galahs allegedly shot in Cohuna, VIC
- Two men are being investigated
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Two men are under investigation after shooting several galahs in a Victorian state forest that officials believe they planned to eat.
Police and Victorian Fisheries Authority officers were called to Goat Island, in the Gunbower State Forest in Cohuna, near the New South Wales border, shortly before 12pm on January 20, after that native birds had been reported to have been shot.
Daily Mail Australia understands around five galahs, which are protected by Victoria’s Native Wildlife Act 1975, were killed.
Officers spoke with two men and found ammunition and firearms, including a .22 caliber rifle, equipped with a silencer, inside a vehicle.
Some of the birds had been mutilated to “prepare them for human consumption”, police believe.
Two men shot several galahs on Goat Island in Cohuna, Victoria, last month.
Victoria Police said they were called to the woods to assist VFA officers after the weapons were discovered.
“Police confiscated the firearms and ammunition,” a spokesman said.
“Police spoke to two men at the time and they are expected to be interviewed at a later date in relation to possible firearms offences.”
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Victorian Fisheries Authority for comment.
The investigation is ongoing.
Under Victorian law, illegally hunting, capturing or destroying protected wildlife carries a fine of $8,261 or up to six months in prison.
Some of the birds appeared to have been prepared for human consumption. Pictured: an archive image of galahs