13 Jun 2012

Pair sentenced for illegal hunting in national park

10:46 pm on 13 June 2012

Two men have been sentenced for illegally hunting in the Arthur's Pass National Park.

Their guns were confiscated and they were each fined $750 each when they appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday.

One of the men was also charged with taking dogs into a national park.

The men, both aged 23, were seen by a police officer spotlighting near a camping area where people were camping in December last year.

Department of Conservation spokesperson Chris Stewart says the men were unaware that people were camping in the vicinity.

Mr Stewart says the incident highlights why hunting after dark on conservation land is strictly prohibited because of the serious risk it poses to other people using those areas.