Il­le­gal hun­ters nabbed by rangers and fined €5,000


Bray People - - Inprofile -

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.

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