Illegal Hunters On Notice – New Powers for Conviction

Filed in Recent News by August 15, 2019

NEW powers for Game Licensing Unit inspectors are yielding results with illegal hunters, following the conviction in Oberon Local Court last month, of a driver who failed to stop for an inspection.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop for Game Licensing Unit (GLU) inspectors during a routine patrol near Oberon and was issued a court attendance notice and the passenger was given a penalty infringement notice for hunting offences.

Dr Andrew Moriarty, director of the Department of Primary Industry’s Gaming and Licencing Unit said it served as a reminder to hunters across New South Wales.

“This is an important result for the GLU and it puts illegal hunters on notice that the GLU in partnership with NSW Police will continue to make it as hard as possible for illegal hunters to operate and make every effort to detect and deter illegal hunting across the State,” Dr Moriarty said.

“Hunters across NSW are reminded that both GLU Inspectors and NSW Police officers have powers to stop vehicles they believe are involved in hunting offences,” he said.

“Far too often we see vehicles of interest try to drive off after being detected,” he said.

“Failing to stop when directed by a GLU Inspector is an offence, with drivers who fail to stop issued with a Court Attendance Notice,” he said.

“GLU Inspectors have significant investigative powers to assist them track down drivers who fail to stop as well as powers to seize vehicles suspected of being involved in hunting offences,” Dr Andrew Moriarty said. 

Suspected illegal hunting activity can be reported anonymously through the joint GLU and NSW Police program: Shut the Gate on Illegal Hunting or by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Further information about hunting visit the DPI website or phone 02 6363 7650. 02 6363 7650

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