Pair accused of illegal hunting on BOP farm

Police say the men were allegedly found hunting on Tui Glen Farm in the Bay of Plenty. Image: Google Maps.

Two men are due to appear in court after being arrested for allegedly unlawful hunting on a Bay of Plenty farm.

A 31-year-old man will be appearing in Whakatāne District Court on April 26, while a 27-year-old man will be appearing in Tauranga District Court on May 29.

Rural response manager, Senior Sergeant Tristan Murray says the pair have been arrested and charged in relation to unlawful hunting on a forestry block near Kawerau on Wednesday, April 20.

He says they were allegedly found hunting on Tui Glen Farm.

“One of the men was a firearms licence holder, and his licence will now be subject to revocation procedures.

“Police are very concerned about this type of offending as it can be extremely dangerous.

“Unlawful hunting puts other people who may be in the area at risk and it could have potentially fatal consequences.

“Police urge all landowners and managers to call Police immediately if they discover people unlawfully on their land.

“They can be assured appropriate action will be taken.”

Tristan says hunters must obtain permission from the landowner or permits from the Department of Conservation.


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