A man has been charged with illegal hunting, trespass and livestock offences in the Murrumbidgee region.
On Tuesday 11 May 2021, Rural Crime Investigators attached to Murrumbidgee Police District were notified of illegal hunting and livestock theft at Nombinnie Nature Reserve, north of Hillston.
Officers commenced an investigation and following inquiries, seized a trailer containing rangeland goats, a drone and hunting equipment.
A 49-year-old man was arrested at Lake Cargelligo Police Station on Tuesday 19 May 2021.
The Euabalong man was charged with 18 alleged offences, including stealing livestock, killing livestock, aggravated rural trespass, illegal hunting, and national park related offences.
He was granted conditional bail to appear in Griffith Local Court on Wednesday 14 July 2021.
Investigations are ongoing into the alleged sale and distribution of unlawfully obtained goats.
Detective Sergeant Damian Nott from the Rural Crime Prevention Team says police can and will turn up anywhere and have sent a stern warning to those breaking the law.
“This result sends a clear message to anyone doing the wrong thing that serious penalties apply.
“Provisions are in place for police to seize vehicles and hunting equipment when an alleged crime is believed to have taken place,” Det Sgt Nott said.
Anyone with information about livestock theft is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.