Illegal trap leads to platypus deaths
Unfortunately, we have not-so-good-news to start the year.
An illegal fish trap has been responsible for the deaths of several platypus.
The trap was in the Emu River in the states north west. It was found by a member of the public. It is believed to have washed downstream during high Springtime river levels.
The trap had three adult platypus carcases in different stages of decomposition. This suggests they had entered the trap at different times and drowned when unable to escape.
This shows the risks of illegal nets and traps. They hurt not only their intended target, but other species as well.
Please report any information about this trap, or similar incidents, to our Manager of Compliance and Operations, Stephen Hepworth on 0438 338 530.
We need your help to stop this happening.