A Gold Coast man has been fined more than $4000 for illegally selling native frogs from his backyard on Gumtree.
Officers were first tipped-off about the man’s operations after staff at his local post office became suspicious about a number of packages lodged with them.
Wildlife officers then launched an investigation and tracked down the man, issuing him with three Penalty Infringement Notices totalling $4401.
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The native frogs were removed from the man’s home, and also from those who had already purchased the animals from him, and released back into the wild.
The incident has prompted wildlife officers to remind Australians that it is an offence to remove frogs from the wild and then attempt to sell them.
“It is illegal to take or keep native animals from the wild, however, with the appropriate wildlife authority, it’s possible to keep a native animal bought from a registered seller,” Wildlife Program Manager Warren Christensen said.
“If people want to keep native animals, they must be sourced from a person or business who has permits to keep the animal, along with movement permits to prove the origins of the animal.
“Taking a native animal from the wild is illegal and can have a detrimental impact on local populations.”