Teen driving as adult shoots at wildlife

MAFFRA police have seized firearms after intercepting a vehicle driven by a 15-year-old while an adult allegedly shot at wildlife from a roadway.

Police intercepted the vehicle about 10pm on Marathon Rd, Briagolong, alleging four males had been illegally spotlighting and shooting.

Police said there were two adults and two teenagers, all from Sale, in the vehicle.

Police allege the vehicle was being driven by a 15-year-old, while one adult held the spotlight and the other adult did the shooting.

They said a recently shot kangaroo was in the back of the vehicle.

The 41-year-old owner of the vehicle and the firearms owner has had his firearms licence suspended and will be summonsed for various offences under the Firearms Act, the Wildlife Act, and the Wildlife (Game) Regulations.

Police confiscated four firearms, a spotlight and ammunition and will apply to have them forfeited and destroyed when the matter is heard at court.

The 15-year-old will also be charged with unlicensed driving.

Police are warning illegal shooters that targeted patrols are being run regularly and if caught, offenders face the seizure and confiscation of firearms and equipment used to commit offences, including vehicles.

They will also lose their firearms licence and have any other firearms they own seized.

Police are asking landowners and residents to report incidents of illegal shooting and spotlighting.