Poachers' guns seized

Two men were arrested yesterday by Hawera police when caught illegally hunting in remote South Taranaki bush.

The men, aged 29 and 57, were hunting for wild goats at Tangahoe Valley Rd, but the valley and Lake Rotorangi are not allowed to be used as hunting grounds as both are private property.

Police have seized the pair's firearms and are looking to revoke their firearms licences.

No charges have been laid.

''If people want to go hunting around the remote areas they must have first contacted the landowner for permission,'' Hawera police senior sergeant Blair Burnett said.

''It is a privilege not a right. We can't have people shooting willy nilly, and the police will be taking a hardline on anyone breaking the law in and around firearms safety and any regulatory type breaches.''

Illegal hunting activities around the Tangahoe area were first revealed by the Taranaki Daily News in July 4 story after a resident was concerned she might be killed by hunters shooting near homes.

Taranaki Daily News