An animal that was shot dead in the NSW town of Lismore by police is thought to have been illegally killing animals in NSW.
Key points:An animal that appeared to be a care bear was killed by police in LismoresA NSW MP says it’s an “unusual situation”The town of 40,000 residents is close to the national park and is home to about 300 animals.
A local police spokesperson says the “dangerous animal” had been shot by a member of the public in the town on Saturday.
He said it was a rare occurrence and that police were investigating.
The animal appeared to have shot at police with a rifle but was shot by an animal control officer, who was called to the scene.
The spokesman said it appeared the animal was shot at close range.
The MP said police were “out of options” to save the animal, but it was believed the animal had been “trained”.
“I don’t know how the police managed to take out this animal,” he said.
“It is one of the rarest and most dangerous animal situations that police are aware of in NSW.”
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