Parks Victoria, Victoria Police and Game Management Authority joined forces during the weekend to tackle illegal hunting in the Alpine National Park.
The multi-agency approach worked effectively to patrol and conduct covert surveillance of a group of hound hunters operating near 8 Mile in the Howqua Hills area of the Alpine National Park.
Four men were questioned regarding firearms and hunting offences and had their firearms seized.
As part of the operation, Parks Victoria operated a Remote Piloted Aircraft (drone) to assist with surveillance and gather vital intelligence.
Any person who intends to hunt in Victoria’s parks and forests must ensure that they are appropriately licensed and hunt in the correct areas.
Parks Victoria regional enforcement coordinator Martin Downs said the consequences and penalties for hunting outside of regulations could be severe, with penalties issued for those found undertaking illegal practices.
‘‘Any person can confidentially report antisocial and illegal activities that they may witness occurring in parks and forests to Parks Victoria, Game Management Authority or Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning,’’ Mr Downs said.
●For more information, phone 131963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au