Hunt for cruel tourist who ‘lined up and mowed down’ 13 birds on beach

A tourist killed 11 birds and injured two after 'mowing them down' with a four-wheel-drive vehicle on the coast of an Australian Island.

The country's Department of Environment and Science are on the hunt for the cruel tourist after rangers found the dead and injured Crested Terns on Ocean Beach, Bribie Island on May 5.

The organisation posted to Facebook that the twisted individual had "lined them up and mowed them down" with a four wheel drive vehicle, according to statements from the rangers.

Commenters were furious, with one describing it as a 'mongrel act' under the post, adding, "I sincerely hope they catch them."

Another wrote: "Hope they find the a***wipes and lock them up – or perhaps line them up in a row!"

"This is a deliberate act of cruelty. When you catch them. Throw the book at them," a third added.

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DES compliance officer Mike Devery said: “Rangers believe the birds were deliberately targeted by a person who was speeding in a four-wheel-drive, and basically lined them up and mowed them down.

“The department is encouraging people to call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) and they can provide any information they have anonymously."

The perpetrator is likely to receive a hefty fine and could face prison time for deliberately harming or killing this many crested terns, according to ABC Sunshine Coast.

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Anyone who saw a vehicle leaving the beach or the vicinity of Bribie Island on the morning of May 5 with white or black feathers in the grill or bonnet has been urged to contact the police.

Under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, the penalty for deliberately harming or killing this number of crested terns is a significant fine and/or imprisonment.

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