Alpine hun­ters pros­e­cuted for firearms

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PARKS Vic­to­ria has suc­cess­fully pros­e­cuted two men, one from Mans­field and the other from Yarck, for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms in the Alpine Na­tional Park.

Parks Vic­to­ria, Game Man­age­ment Author­ity (GMA) and Vic­to­ria Po­lice caught the men dur­ing a tar­geted en­force­ment op­er­a­tion in July 2017.

The first man re­ceived a $927 fine, the se­cond man a $980 fine.

Both re­ceived a six-month Good Be­hav­iour Bond, had their firearms seized and li­cences can­celled.

“Firearms are only per­mit­ted within des­ig­nated hunt­ing ar­eas dur­ing open hunt­ing sea­son,” stressed Martin Downs, re­gional en­force­ment co­or­di­na­tor East Re­gion.

“Bring­ing a firearm into a na­tional park out­side these times is pro­hib­ited and of­fend­ers will be pros­e­cuted.

“All hun­ters need to be aware of hunt­ing reg­u­la­tions and en­sure they do the right thing.

“The fines for breach­ing reg­u­la­tions can be hefty, and of­fend­ers also risk los­ing firearms and their firearms li­cence.

“Il­le­gal hunt­ing can dam­age na­tive flora and fauna and ru­ins the ex­pe­ri­ence of vis­it­ing a park for other vis­i­tors.”

Parks Vic­to­ria al­ready pros­e­cuted two men from the same hunt­ing party in April this year.

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