A native bird had to be euthanised after it was shot in the leg with a slug gun, Stuff reports. The Department of Conservation said the 1-yr old male kākā was shot in Whangateau on Auckland’s northeast coast. “Over the last three months there have been several incidents where protected animals have been shot. This includes the death of eight gannets in March at the Muriwai gannet colony, and the shooting of a tūi, north of Auckland.” DOC said hunting or killing protected wildlife can come with penalties of up to two years in prison, a fine of up to $100,000, or both. Anyone with information is asked to call 0800 362 468.
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