Police intercept ATV loaded with wildlife

Tasmania Police are investigating a man and woman from Margate in relation to wildlife offences after they were intercepted near Prospect towing a trailer with an ATV loaded with allegedly illegally taken deer and wallaby in the early hours of Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Police on patrol located the couple travelling on the Bass Highway at 1:50am and will allege the pair had wildlife in their possession which had not been taken in compliance with the Wildlife Regulations – including deer taken without the relevant permits.

Police will also allege the wildlife was taken using spotlighting from the side-by-side ATV. Police seized wildlife, firearms, ammunition, and the ATV as part of the investigation.

Parks and Wildlife officers assisted Tasmania Police with the seizure. It is expected that the pair will be charged with a number of wildlife and firearms offences in the coming days.

While it is currently deer season, Tasmania Police would like to reinforce with recreational hunters that they must comply with all permit requirements and relevant rules and regulations when taking wildlife.

In an unrelated matter Police are investigating a report of a theft of a firearm from an unlocked vehicle that occurred on the 26th of February 2021in Invermay. Again, with hunting seasons commencing, Tasmania Police would like to remind firearms owners that they must secure firearms and ammunition and that they could face prosecution if firearms are stolen.

Anyone with information on illegal hunting can report incidents to Police on 131 444 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

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