The trio of adult roos were found with an arrow.in their bodies in Mickleham and Greenvale, in Melbourne’s north, between the end of May and early June.
One of the kangaroos had a joey who died.because his mother was unable to look after him due to her injuries.
‘At least one died.a slow and painful.death,’ Senior Sergeant Brad Towers told 9 News.
‘The arrows themselves could either be used by a compound bow or they could be used by a cross bow and that is really concerning to us as.’
Crossbows are considered illegal.weapons in Victoria while compound bows are used in archery competitions.
The first attack was on May 25 when a kangaroo was found with an arrow through its torso on a property in Mickleham.
On June 1, a kangaroo was found.shot in Greenvale, and she had to be euthanised due to the severity of her injuries.
The following day a kangaroo was found alive with an arrow in its rump.
Police believe all three attacks.are connected.
Five Freedoms Animal Rescue volunteer Manfred Zabinskas told the ABC he has seen an increase in animals shot with arrows in the last ten years.
‘There’s no restrictions on bows and arrows. You need a permit for a slingshot but anybody can go to the sports store and buy a bow and arrow without any restrictions whatsoever,’ he told the publication
‘We really need legislation change to make it more difficult for people to have these weapons.’
He said in ten years there has only been two cases where the perpetrator has been caught and he hopes more people can be caught for attacking.animals.
Mr Zabinskas said arrow.attacks can lead to severe harm and often death.for the native animals.
He said they’re not easy to catch and it’s only because of tranquilisers.guns these animals can be saved.
In September 2018 it was reported up to four kangaroos had been shot.with a crossbow in Whyalla, South Australia.
In December last year a kangaroo was shot.with a crossbow bolt in the back of the head in New South Wales.
One of kangaroos, a male, was lucky to survive after he was found by rescuers and restored to good health and released back into the wild.
Police ask anyone to contact Triple Zero if they see anyone carrying illegal.weapons.