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Hammond Park Raid yields exotic fauna discovery

A turtle deemed as a pest to Western Australia has been found after a raid on a Hammond Park premises last Thursday it has been announced.

Last Thursday, Fremantle detectives, working with Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) located the protected and illegal animals at the home in Hammond Park after information was shared between agencies.

Officers from the three agencies executed an inter-agency search warrant under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 at a property on Barfield Road.

The officers alarmingly found two red-eared slider turtles, which are native to Southern USA and Mexico, and are one of the world’s worst invasive turtle species.

They are also illegal to keep as pets in all states of Australia.

In addition to the turtles, a stumpy tailed barking gecko and two young kangaroos have been found.

A 20-year old man has incurred a $2500 infringement and is also under investigation by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in relation to a charge of ‘Dealing with a declared pest’ under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007.

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