Authorities are impressed with public behaviour at the Barrington Tops, following a high-visibility operation over the June long weekend.
Rural Crime Prevention Team Detectives along with police from the Hunter Valley, Port Stephens-Hunter and Manning-Great Lakes Police Districts, the NSW DPI Hunting Game Licensing Unit and NSW National Parks and Wildlife officers, conducted Operation Devil Ark on June 7-9, 2019.
The operation targeted illegal hunting and associated offences, trespass and firearm safety and compliance, road safety and anti-social behaviour in the Barrington Tops National Park and surrounding areas including: Glenrock, Ellerston, Tomalla, Moonan Flat, Stewarts Brook, Gundy, Upper Rouchel, Timor and Murrurundi.
During Op Devil Ark, 32 vehicles were stopped for traffic or stock inspections, 24 safe storage inspections were conducted for firearms, four vehicle searches, four person searches, and 13 rural patrols of camping grounds.
Of note, one warning was issued for not keeping ammunition secured safely, one warning was issued for a dog not wearing collar and name tag, and one infringement notice was issued for a National Parks offence.
Education was also provided in relation to firearms storage, permission to hunt and hunting in declared public areas.
Several local land owners were spoken to in relation to issues of illegal hunters in the area.
The Rural Crime Prevention Teams throughout the state will be constantly targeting illegal hunting and trespassing offences in all areas, and at all times of the day and night.
If you have any information that may assist police in targeting illegal hunters and trespassers, please call or attend your local police station and pass on information. You can also call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.