Hunters dump wallaby carcasses into the Derwent Valley in Tasmania.

Locals in a remote Australian town have woken up to the remnants of a horrific carnage that raises questions from criminals. Warning: disturbing images

Warning: This story contains disturbing images.

The Derwent Valley in Tasmania is best known for its stunning natural beauty, but locals woke up on Wednesday to a far more horrific sight.

The remains of the slain Wallabies lay on the side of the road near the city of New Norfolk in the southeast of the state.

Derwent Valley Council Mayor Michelle Dracoulis said the creatures’ tails and skins were discarded by hunters who considered them waste.

“People go hunting what they are allowed to do; it’s a hobby for some people here. But in this case, they took what they consider to be waste and just threw it on the side of the road at the entrance to the city,” said Ms Dracoulis.

“People walk there, walk their dogs and children.

“Can you imagine? Happy school holidays – check it out.”

The disrespect shown to the animals and the city worked against the interests of the hunters as a group, according to Ms. Dracoulis, who added that she also hunted a bit as a teenager.

“It can’t do anything good for people who hunt for sport or meat or whatever. Very few would do it, but it casts a shadow on everyone’s reputation,” she said.

The area where the bodies were dumped is less than an hour’s drive from Hobart and is a popular wildlife spot for visitors.

“You can see wallabies and pademolons in the wild, so seeing them on the side of the road would be pretty scary,” Ms Dracoulis said.

She added that many people who hunt wallabies do not consider tails to be waste, as they can also be eaten.

The proximity to a busy road also posed a danger to other wildlife that would be attracted to the carcasses.

“We have Tassi devils here on the road, we have ravens and eagles. Creatures that come down and eat meat if left by the roadside,” Ms. Dracoulis said.

According to the Tasmanian Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the settlement of land by Europeans has favored wallabies, resulting in a potential increase in numbers beyond what the environment can support.

Hunting them has become an accepted means of population control and is a widespread practice.

“I understand that people hunt—I have no opinion on that. But just like any other activity you do, clean up after yourself, don’t leave it in a public place,” Ms Dracoulis said.

“The people who did this have no respect for our city, the animals they hunt, or themselves.”

Originally published as ‘Revulsion’: Photos of gruesome murders destroy picturesque town