Police remind hunters to follow rules when pigging
AS PIGGING becomes increasingly popular, authorities continue to catch people doing the wrong thing.
Luke Richard George Logan, 34, and Zane Daniel Lindsay, 25, both appeared in the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court last month and pleaded guilty to one count of trespassing each.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan said the two were caught in pursuit of a feral pig on private property on February 27.
They had pushed down a barbwire fence to gain access to the grazing land and had pig dogs with them.
Magistrate Graham Lee fined them $500 each and the convictions were recorded.
Stanthorpe police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Mark Ireland said hunters not following the rules was increasingly a problem on the Granite Belt.
"They just drive along the road with dogs loose in the back and when they pick up a scent they go running off into bush or private land with the hunters close in tow," he said.
"At that point you are immediately trespassing.
"We also have similar instances were hunters blood their dogs on sheep and other livestock and that is the unlawful killing of livestock.
"And people are cutting fences, which is wilful damage."
Snr Sgt Ireland said hunting was not permitted in state forests or national parks and verbal or written permission was required from a landowner before entering their land.
"People think they have the right to go onto land with no regard for the owner and chase feral animals because feral animals don't belong to anyone, but the land does belong to someone," Snr Sgt Ireland said.