Hunters fire warning shot at farmer who caught them on property29/06/2019 - Author: admin
Committed to allowing hunting in NSW national parks: Premier Barry O’Farrell. Photo: Dean OslandPolice are looking for two men who bailed up a farmer at gunpoint and fired a warning shot near Orange after he caught them illegally hunting on his land.
The 43-year-old property owner was working on his farm when he heard shots and then saw two men chasing kangaroos.
He followed them over his property boundary into the neighbouring Canobolas State Forest, but when he tried to take a photograph of their number plate, one of the men trained a gun on him, police said.
One of the hunters smashed the phone and fired a warning shot at the farmer’s feet.
This week Premier Barry O’Farrell confirmed that the government remains committed to allowing hunting in many of the state’s national parks.
A similar program allowing the hunting of feral animals in parks in South Australia was shut down this month when one hunter shot another in the ankle during a supervised cull of feral goats.
The NSW opposition says there is a ”very real risk to public safety” from hunters operating in parks.
Park rangers have also objected to their role of supervising recreational hunters in parks, and have documented many close calls when hunting has spilled over onto private property or groups of hunters have acted carelessly.
Game Council NSW says it only endorses hunting when it is done responsibly, by people with an appropriate licence.
The Orange farmer was uninjured but badly shaken by the incident, police said.
Canobolas Local Area Command Inspector Dave Harvey said the two men were less than four metres from the farmer when they shot at him.
“It’s out of the ordinary and police are very keen to speak to any of the men who were there,” Inspector Harvey said. “All resources have been made available to investigate the matter.”
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