Illegal hunters nabbed by rangers and fined €5,000
WICKLOW MOUNTAINS CLAIMED THEY WERE SHOOTING FOXES FOR FARMER
TWO DUBLIN MEN have been found guilty of hunting illegally in the Wicklow Mountains and have until April 22 to pay € 2,500 each to charity.
Both men appeared before Naas District Court facing four different charges under the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 after they were caught hunting deer illegally. During court proceed- ings praise was heaped on the members of the National Parks and Wildlife Staff attached to Wicklow National Park. The case was tired in Naas and Kildare District Courts and ended in Kildare District Court.
Vigilant Conservation Rangers on patrol during the early morning of November 17 2008 noticed a vehicle lamping Coillte woodland as it travelled along the Wicklow Gap road. Lamping involves hunting at night using powerful high-powered lamps and is illegal, except under licence, for hunting protected species like deer.
The rangers stopped the vehicle and searched it, finding a lamp and various kinds of equipment normally associated with deer hunting. Sitting in the back was a loaded gun.
The two defendants claimed they had been out shooting foxes for a local farmer and were then heading to south Wicklow to shoot deer at daybreak. They are due before the courts again on April 22 when they will have to produce the € 2,500 each.