A group of people caught poaching in the Blackmount area had to surrender their pigs and firearms after police were called yesterday afternoon.
A farmer and security guard caught four males poaching on land they were not permitted to be on.
Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Dave Scott said the group were co-operative with the farmers who patrolled the area and waited for police to arrive.
Two of the hunting party were found to be poaching and the "ill-gotten pigs" they had caught and firearms they had were seized.
It was a timely reminder to make sure hunters had appropriate permits or permission to be on private land at all time because prosecution was possible if they failed to do so, he said.
- The Southland Times