Po­lice call Whit­field meet­ing af­ter il­le­gal deer hun­ters in­ter­cepted at Rose River

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

WAN­GARATTA and Whit­field po­lice with Game Man­age­ment Author­ity of­fi­cers have spo­ken to five men fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into spot­light­ing and il­le­gal hunt­ing in Wan­garatta Po­lice Ser­vice Area.

The men were in­ter­cepted and spo­ken to dur­ing tar­geted pa­trols fol­low­ing on­go­ing com­plaints about il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity in the Rose River area.

A se­nior game of­fi­cer of the Game Man­age­ment Author­ity seized a num­ber of torches and a firearm dur­ing the in­ter­cept around 1am on Tues­day 19 June.

The men, aged be­tween 19 and 33 from Mel­bourne’s western sub­urbs and Mount Cot­trell, are ex­pected to be charged on sum­mons with a range of of­fences against the Firearms Act and Wildlife Game Reg­u­la­tions.

Whit­field Se­nior Con­sta­ble Paul Guy said the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion aims to crack down on peo­ple tres­pass­ing on pri­vate prop­erty or us­ing spot­lights from the road to hunt deer.

“There is a small group of rogue hun­ters who are putting lives and prop­er­ties at risk and the lo­cal com­mu­nity and po­lice will not tol­er­ate it,” Sen Const Guy said.

“We are com­mit­ted to keep­ing the com­mu­nity safe and that means crack­ing down on this il­le­gal be­hav­iour.”

Po­lice have been work­ing closely with land­hold­ers in the area to en­sure greater de­tec­tion and reporting of of­fences.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers are en­cour­aged to re­port il­le­gal hunt­ing, tres­pass­ing or any other il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties on or around their prop­er­ties to their lo­cal po­lice or Crime Stop­pers on 1300 333 000.

Po­lice are also hold­ing a com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on the is­sue tonight at the Whit­field Re­cre­ation Re­serve, start­ing at 7pm.

All are wel­come to at­tend.

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