Dead sheep raiseresident concerns

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times

Residents of Jardee are concerned about the illegal dumping of dead sheep on a well-used bush track near town.

Resident Jane Pratt said she had discovered six sheep carcasses while on a trail ride with her horse.

The sheep were dumped less than 10m from a track running parallel to the railway line and had their ear tags removed, making their owner unable to be identified.

Mrs Pratt said it was not the first time she had found items and carcasses on the track, previously finding a cow carcass as well as tyres and other assorted rubbish.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is responsible for prosecuting illegal dumping, with the maximum penalties for individuals convicted being $62,500. A department spokesman said the responsibility of cleaning up the sheep rested with the owner of the land.

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Manjimup Shire Council has called for anyone with information regarding the dumping of the carcasses to come forward.

Anyone with information cancontact the council on 9771 7777 or the DWER pollution watch hotline on 1300 784 782.

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