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Cracking down on illegal hunting.

Cracking down on illegal hunting in he Bingara district. Poachers caught and gear confiscated.

Cracking down on illegal hunting in the Bingara district. It’s quite a common thing heard along the rural grapevine and amongst farmers, that they encounter problems with ‘poaching’ on their properties.

It’s not just trespassing, but there are biosecurity issues related to dogs being on farms, plant and weed matter being carried in. Valuable livestock compromised by unwanted disruption and unnecessary deaths. As well as accidents to those trespassing and equally important, the security of infrastructure, machinery and assets on farm.

There’s not a farmer that doesn’t dislike the unwanted invasion of their business and home environment and it comes at a very high cost.


Rural Crime Prevention New states there is currently there is $22.5 million in stock theft alone. Farmers are repeat victims of theft.

Every day there is the equivalent of 60 head of livestock stolen across the state, which has cost NSW farmers $22.5 million in the past five years.

These figures have been released by the Rural Crime Prevention Team (RCPT) within NSW Police show there has been about 111,000 head of sheep and cattle reported stolen since 2015.

A farm crime survey conducted by the University of New England, Armidale, has found that 23.3 per cent of farmers have experienced any type of farm crime more than seven times, while 76.8pc had been victims more than twice.

Trespass was the highest experience of victimisation with 49.9%, it was followed by illegal shooting and hunting at 40.7% while 40% had experienced livestock theft. 50% had CCTV installed on their properties. It all comes as a hughe cost.

The New England Rural Crime Prevention team have been working to put a stop to it, and to the great relief of many farmers, successfully prosecuting these unwanted visitors to their farms.

Cracking down on illegal hunting – report:

About 12:15 am on Saturday 16 January 2021, police from the New England Rural Crime Prevention Team stopped a vehicle on Elcombe Road, Bingara, after receiving reports from a member of the public that a vehicle had been seen ‘spotlighting’ along a public road through a property between Bingara and Bundarra.

The three male occupants of the vehicle were spoken to and 6 dogs on the rear of the vehicle were scanned, with only 4 found to be microchipped. One dead pig was observed gutted and tied up on the back of the tray.Rural Crime Investigators searched the vehicle and seized 7 knives, 3 pig dog collars/plates, 2 tracking collars and 2 Garmin GPS devices, as well as several torches.

Investigations will be continuing this week in relation to illegal hunting offences suspected of being committed in the area.

Rural Crime Prevention Team North-West Zone Coordinator, Detective Sergeant Bennett Nolan, praised the way in which information was quickly passed on to police, saying “This is an excellent example of a member of the public seeing something which they thought looked suspicious, and calling us immediately, allowing action to be quickly taken. We would always urge landholders or other people in rural communities to report anything that looks out of place straight away, don’t delay”.He also warned people undertaking illegal hunting activities that they would be caught.

“Our Rural Crime Investigators regularly patrol hunting hotspots both on weekends and weeknights as part of our proactive operations targeting illegal hunting. Local police are also trained throughout the state to detect and prosecute illegal hunting offences. If you’re taking part in illegal hunting, getting caught is only a matter of time.”

“Anyone with information about illegal hunting can report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


VIARural Crime Prevention New England NSW
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