Il­le­gal deer hun­ters in the spot­light

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY GUIDE -

VIC­TO­RIA Po­lice in co­op­er­a­tion with Game Man­age­ment Author­ity will crack down on il­le­gal deer hun­ters across the state com­menc­ing with a state-wide op­er­a­tion on the Queen’s Birth­day week­end.

Wan­garatta Lo­cal Area Com­man­der, In­spec­tor Ker­rie Hicks, said dur­ing her 18 months in the Wan­garatta Po­lice Ser­vice Area she has heard the frus­tra­tion of lo­cals about the il­le­gal be­hav­iour of some deer hun­ters.

“I want to as­sure you that lo­cal po­lice share your frus­tra­tion and are com­mit­ted to do­ing some­thing about it,” Insp Hicks said.

“While we know most reg­is­tered hun­ters do the right thing there are a small group who break the law.

“Over the years we’ve seen cases of shots fired into pri­vate prop­er­ties, tres­pass and threats.

“We will be run­ning op­er­a­tions dur­ing this year’s deer hunt­ing sea­son with our part­ners fo­cused on de­ter­ring and re­duc­ing th­ese crimes.”

Insp Hicks said po­lice were keen to work with the com­mu­nity to ex­pose the il­le­gal hunt­ing ac­tiv­ity.

“Un­for­tu­nately we’ve found a lot of in­ci­dents go un­re­ported,” she said.

“Of­ten peo­ple tell us that’s be­cause they know there won’t be enough ev­i­dence or the hun­ters are no longer present.

“For po­lice, in­for­ma­tion is key.

“Some­times lit­tle pieces of in­for­ma­tion that seem in­signif­i­cant can ac­tu­ally help us piece to­gether a crime.

“Your seem­ingly small piece of in­for­ma­tion can be what helps us solve a crime.”

Mem­bers of the public who wit­ness or know of sus­pected il­le­gal deer hunt­ing is oc­cur­ring and feel they are in dan­ger they should im­me­di­ately call Triple Zero (000) so the near­est po­lice of­fi­cer can at­tend.

If you are not in im­me­di­ate dan­ger but you’ve seen or heard some­thing that could help, please call Crime Stop­pers on 1300 333 000.

De­tails such as ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions or de­scrip­tions of in­di­vid­u­als in­volved will also as­sist au­thor­i­ties in iden­ti­fy­ing sus­pected of­fend­ers.

“By work­ing to­gether as a com­mu­nity I re­ally think we can show the small group of dis­re­spect­ful hun­ters that we are fed up and we won’t tol­er­ate it,” Insp Hicks said.

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