Poachers illegally shoot and behead buffaloes and leave their carcasses to rot on sacred Aboriginal land

Poachers illegally shoot and behead buffaloes and leave their carcasses to rot on sacred Aboriginal land



have illegally shot and beheaded buffaloes in a remote Australian outback region and left their carcasses to rot on sacred Aboriginal land.

One decapitated was found in Mount Catt, central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory – where it is illegal to travel on Aboriginal land without permission from traditional landowners.

File image of a young Buffalo bull in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Northern Land Council chairman Samuel Bush-Blanasi said hunters were also flouting rules requiring them to have permits to visit sacred areas
File image of a young bull in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Northern Land Council chairman Samuel Bush-Blanasi said were also flouting rules requiring them to have permits to visit sacred areas

Northern Land Council chairman Samuel Bush-Blanasi said were also flouting rules requiring them to have permits to visit sacred areas.

Those who gain unauthorised entry to a sacred site face maximum penalties of up to a year in prison.

‘This shameless disregard for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal law has got to stop and stop right now,’ Mr Bush-Blanasi said.

‘They drove onto sacred sites, shot and beheaded valuable trophy and left their carcasses to rot.’

Mimal Land Management – which represents landowners in the area – said four in the region recently encroached on sacred sites in the area without permission from the land’s custodian.

After taking trophy heads, the left the bodies to rot in the bush.

‘These guys blatantly ignored that fella [the landowner] and they’ve driven straight past him and out onto his country where they have proceeded to then blast away a lot of our animals in that area,’ Mimal feral animal management coordinator Will Green said.

The organisation said the report from the Mount Catt outstation about 650km east of Darwin was the latest case of ‘brazen and theft of stock and entry of sacred sites’.

The NLC said it was working with the territory’s police force to make stiffer penalties for illegal poachers.

‘If you are on Aboriginal land without a valid permit or a section 19 lease or licence issued by the NLC you should leave, and leave now,’ NLC chief executive Marion Scrymgour said.

This article was first published by The Mail Online on 5 November 2020. Lead Image: Land rangers discovered had illegally shot and beheaded buffaloes in a sacred Aboriginal site in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory’s remote north-east.


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