Poachers may lose firearms licences

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 24/07/2013

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

The men, aged 29 and 57, were hunting wild goats at Tangahoe Valley Rd on Monday, but the valley and Lake Rotorangi 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 hard line on anyone breaking the law in and around firearms safety and any regulatory type breaches."

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

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