24 May 2013

Swans shot from power boat

9:56 pm on 24 May 2013

Fish and Game may prosecute a man caught chasing swans from a power boat and shooting them with a shotgun.

Auckland/Waikato chief executive Ben Wilson says the swans were chased and shot from a motor boat on Lake Whangape near Te Kauwhata this week.

A man has been given an offence notice for his actions.

Mr Wilson said that when the swan shooting season finishes at the end of June, Fish & Game will decide whether to prosecute him under the Wildlife Act.

He said charges are likely, as shooting under power, using a vehicle or a boat, is a growing problem.