Police gunning for illegal hunters

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 05:00 03/03/2014

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Police have fired a warning shot over illegal hunters venturing down an east Taranaki road.

Anyone caught letting off shots from the Rotorangi Lake end of the Tangahoe Valley Rd would be prosecuted, Sergeant Lincoln McCrea said.

"Going out there and shooting is dangerous, it's irritating the locals and it's illegal."

Last month, Jill Hardy told the Taranaki Daily News some hunters were endangering lives by peppering surrounding farmland and houses with stray bullets.

She demanded action from authorities.

Mr McCrea said, as a hunter, he wanted to sent a clear message to the "roosters" flouting the law.

"If they go in there shooting we are going to grab them with the intention of removing their firearms and licence," he said.

He also moved to reassure residents of the far-flung road that police will respond to their calls.

"You hear shooting then you let us know."

He said the dead-end road offered no escape routes and a perfect capture point.

"It won't be may I check your car, we will be checking your car."

He said the South Taranaki District Council was erecting signs to ensure their were no misunderstandings.

"If you want to go hunting out there just ask some of the local farmers, they might let you go on.

"It's not difficult to understand."

He also had a clear message for the group of men who were spotted shooting from a picnic table near the ski club.

"At best it's not very bright, at worst it's damn right criminal."

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