Date: 12 October 2012
A recent spotlighting incident while rabbit contractors were working on public conservation land in the Eastern Bay of Plenty has prompted the Department of Conservation (DOC) to again remind hunters that spotlighting on public conservation land is an offence.
It is timely to remind hunters that hunting after dark or “spotlighting” on public conservation land is prohibited because of the unacceptable risk it poses to the public says Programme Manager, Biodiversity Assets/Threats John Lucas.
“The fact this incident occurred despite public notices in the newspaper and signage advising that a rabbit control contractor would be working in the area is a real concern. DOC takes these incidents very seriously and anyone caught will be prosecuted.”
“Fortunately most hunters act responsibly but hunters are reminded to follow the arms code guidelines at all times and, when hunting on public conservation land, the DOC permit conditions” says Mr Lucas.
Hunting permit conditions and information on safe hunting practices around walks, huts and campgrounds is readily available on the DOC website.
Anyone who sees hunting activity at night on public conservation land should contact the NZ Police immediately or call the DOC hotline on 0800 362 468.
Programme Manager, Assets/Threats
Ph: +64 6 8690460 or +64 27 295 7395