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Greater Wellington pig hunting aims to minimise damage

Pig hunting will be permitted in some areas of Wellington’s regional parks and plantation forests in a one-year trial by Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Hunters can apply now for permits to hunt in Puketiro Plantation Forest and Valley View Forest from today (1 November) and in Kaitoke Regional Park from 1 December.

“We hope this will stop illegal poaching,” says Jimmy Young, Eastern Parks Principal Ranger. “This will also go some way towards reducing the destructive impact pigs have on our native plants, roads and tracks so it’s a win-win.”

Applications for the free, 12-month permits can be made through the Greater Wellington Regional Council website. Applicants will need to agree to the Council’s terms and conditions, which include only hunting in designated areas and within permitted hours, not hunting after dark, only using registered dogs (up to three) and not using firearms or hunting bows.

All kills must be in the permitted area but for public safety purposes must be at least 50 metres away from roads, tracks and boundaries with private land.

“Our rangers will be monitoring hunting activity, and hunters will be required show their permit if asked by a Wellington Regional Council authorised officer,” says Mr Young.

“By permitting hunting in our parks and forests in specific areas we will be able to better manage hunting and keep everyone safe.”

To apply for a permit visit http://www.gw.govt.nz/Hunting-2/


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