RURAL crime investigators have been focusing their sights on illegal goat hunting during the past few days in the Central North Police District.
Areas around Cobar, Nyngan and Bourke have been the focus, NSW Police state rural crime co-ordinator Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said.
“The aim of the operation was to target those illegally hunting goats on properties around the area, and to speak with farmers in the area about any rural crime issues they are facing,” he said.
“It was great to see that most of the livestock transporters stopped by police were found to be doing the right thing.”
Det Insp Whiteside said goats are part of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).
This mean that transporters and owners needed to make sure:
- Goats have NLIS ear tags which link animals to properties (except feral goats moving from place of capture directly to an abattoir)
- An NLIS movement document accompanies all mobs of goats when they move,
- A record is made of all movements of goats as mobs in the NLIS database.
Det Insp Whiteside said the theft of goats was an issue, particularly in the west of the state, and that the Rural Crime Prevention Team would like to hear any information you may have to offer.
Information can be reported to your nearest police station or to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.