Kangaroo catches families and picnicers on the hop in Cook Park

TO BE RELEASED: Animal expert Ray Mjadwesch carries the sedated kangaroo out of Cook Park late yesterday afternoon. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0507kangaroo1

TO BE RELEASED: Animal expert Ray Mjadwesch carries the sedated kangaroo out of Cook Park late yesterday afternoon. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0507kangaroo1

PHOTOS: HOW WIRES SEDATED AND REMOVED THE KANGAROO

A KANGAROO in Cook Park was sedated on Wednesday afternoon by a WIRES-contracted animal expert and removed to be released back into the bush.

Orange Police and WIRES were called to the park after members of the public became concerned about the welfare of the kangaroo, which had reportedly been in the park for a couple of days.

Orange Police Inspector Dave Harvey said police  officers were called in to provide support.

“We wanted the public to be aware police had been notified and were there in case there were any issues of protection,” he said.

“Also we wanted to allay any fears of people who were in the park and saw the gun which was being used to sedate the animal.”

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