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Riverina man charged with nearly 80 offenses as part of police investigation into illegal hunting

A feral pig standing in mud stares into the camera while another pig forages in the background.
Riverina man charged with nearly 80 offenses as part of police investigation into illegal hunting

A Riverina man has been charged with 77 offenses involving alleged illegal hunting over a period of six months earlier in the year.

Police said the charges are the result of an ongoing investigation that began after videos of dogs hunting wild boar in state forests were posted on social media.

Police investigators searched a Wagga Wagga property in June and seized items including hunting equipment, dog collars and GPS trackers for forensic examination.

A number of dog collars were seized by police.(

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The 48-year-old Kooringal man was charged with a number of illegal hunting, biosecurity and drug offenses, including 38 cases of “killing, hunting, shooting, poisoning animals in forestry area”.

Police said they would claim in court that the man – who they said is a licensed hunter – had carried out illegal hunting activities throughout New South Wales on 42 occasions between January and June this year.

Fireworks on display, seized by Raid
Police also seized fireworks during the search of the Wagga Wagga property.(

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NSW Police Rural Crime Prevention Team Acting State Coordinator Damian Nott said police found “quite a trail of evidence of a long history of illegal hunting.”

Detective Sergeant Nott said the charges were “fairly extensive”, with police finding “evidence of hunting on both public and private land.”

A Toyota Landcruiser is put on a truck
The seizure of a vehicle from a Wagga Wagga home in June was part of a police investigation that led to a man being charged with illegal hunting offenses.(

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He said the offenses were committed “predominantly in Carabost (the state forest) and within striking distance of the Wagga Wagga area … a rather far-reaching area.”

Bag of cannabis seized during a June 2021 raid
The man was also charged with possession of illicit drugs after cannabis was seized during the police search.(

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Nott said this was not the first time police had been warned of illegal hunting activities through a post on social media.

“And often it leads to further queries, and … charges result.”

The man is expected to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court in October.

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