Five illegal hunters caught out on Barraba property

A GROUP of men will receive up to $500 in fines after they were allegedly caught hunting on private land at the weekend.

Barraba police were contacted in the early hours of Saturday morning to the Pera and Linton areas east of the town.

Officers said they came across a dual-cab Holden Rodeo and followed it for a short time along Avondale Rd.

As police approached the group, officers allege they released their dogs onto several pigs who were chased onto an adjoining property.

Officers caught up to the car, inside was four men and a teenage boy.

Police said they will be issued notices to attend court for trespass and illegal hunting offences.They could also face fines of up to $500 for knife offences and up to $330 for dog offences.

Police said their investigations are continuing into other reports of illegal hunting in Barraba.They said Operation Tarzan, - a specialist task force set up to stamp out the crime – is continuing.

Anyone with information on illegal hunting should contact Barraba Police on 6782 1003.

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