Men fined for illegal hunting in Kosciuszko National Park

Two men have been caught by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and fined almost $4000 for illegally hunting in Kosciuszko National Park.

Kosciuszko Summit, Kosciuszko National Park

NPWS Director Mick Pettitt said NPWS officers discovered the men from Canberra and Queanbeyan during a regular night time patrol in the national park.

"While it is disappointing that illegal hunting is occurring within the park, I am pleased with this outcome and hope that it sends a strong message to the community that illegal hunting is not tolerated in our parks," Mr Pettitt said.

"The men confessed to driving on access barred trails, possessing hunting dogs with tracking collars, possessing knives and opening locked gates to illegally hunt.

"Illegal hunting and carrying weapons in protected areas is a serious matter, which puts all park users at risk.

"NPWS will continue regular surveillance and patrols of the park to reduce incidences of vandalism, trail damage and impacts on native animals associated with illegal hunting," Mr Pettitt said.

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 six months in prison.

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