THREE men have been charged with a string of illegal hunting and trespass offences after officers pulled over a ute in NSW and discovered a freshly-killed feral pig and two dogs in the tray.
Police stopped the vehicle on the Newell Highway at Edgeroi on Saturday 20 July to conduct a random breath test, when they found the deceased animals.
The vehicle was being driven by a 26-year-old man with a 28-year-old male passenger.
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NSW Police said in a statement on Wednesday that officers “identified four rural properties that were allegedly illegally accessed six times for hunting.”
“It will also be alleged that Moema National Park, Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area and Gamilaroi Nature Reserve were accessed multiple times for illegal hunting,” the statement reads.
The 26-year-old man has been charged with five counts of aggravated enter enclosed lands, two counts of hunt game animal on private/public lands without licence, two counts be accompanied by dog in nature reserve, two counts of have control of dog with hunting collar in national park, and custody of a knife in public place.
The 28-year-old man has been charged with aggravated enter enclosed lands, two counts of be accompanied by dog in nature reserve, use prohibited implement to harm animal on private/public land without licence, and custody of a knife in public place.
A third man, a 21-year-old, has also been charged with similar offences over his alleged involvement in illegal hunting with the pair.
All three were issued with notices to appear at Narrabri Local Court on 24 September.