Territory and Municipal Services are talking tough about illegal hunting in the Namadgi National Park:
“Illegal hunting in Namadgi National Park is a real problem,” said Namadgi’s Operations Manager Brett McNamara.
“Not only does the unauthorised access by hunters into the park pose a serious public safety risk but hunting dogs cause extensive damage to the native fauna of this protected area.
“Another disappointing trend is the increasing number of pigs introduced into the park by hunters purely for hunting purposes. These pigs bring with them a number of exotic diseases and undermine the efforts of our rangers to control the feral pig population.
“There will be an increased number of staff from the ACT Parks and Conservation Service and ACT Policing out across Namadgi over the next month utilising remote area monitoring combined with a substantial intelligence gathering program to compile a database of known offenders.
“These additional capabilities and extra resources mean that if you go into the park to hunt illegally it is just a matter of time until you get caught,” Mr McNamara said.
This despite just four months ago telling us they were winning the war on pigs.