Joint operation targets illegal hunting around Khancoban

Last June the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and NSW Police ran a joint law enforcement operation targeting illegal hunting in the Khancoban area.

Kosciuszko Summit, Kosciuszko National Park

NPWS Director Mick Pettitt said the operation was conducted following reports of illegal hunting in and around Kosciuszko National Park.

"Unfortunately the long weekend is a time when we often see an increase in illegal hunting activities in our parks," said Mr Pettitt.

"A number of vehicles were pulled over and searched during the operation and several offences were detected.

"As a result of the operation a number of firearms, ammunition and hunting knives were seized.

"Multiple infringement notices and cautions were issued relating to firearms offences, as well as several offences relating to illegal access and being in charge of dogs in a national park.

"Our staff make regular patrols, day and night, to ensure that people are complying with legislation that protects our natural areas.

"Unfortunately in recent months we have seen an increase in evidence of illegal hunting.

"Of particular concern is the shooting of a wild horse on the Khancoban to Cabramurra road sometime shortly after the June long weekend," Mr Pettitt said.

Police and NPWS are appealing for any information relating to this incident.

Illegal hunting is a serious matter which puts all park users at risk. The penalties for offences associated with illegal hunting range from on the spot fines of $300 per offence to a maximum $11,000 and or 6 months in prison.

To report illegal activities, contact the local Police or NPWS Office in Khancoban on 6076 9373 or Tumut on 6947 7000.