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