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Poaching Frequently Asked Questions

Wildlife crime blueQ: How is poaching defined in law?

A: Poaching has traditionally been defined as the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights. There are many methods of poaching including the use of weapons, poisons, explosives, snare traps, nets and cages. Lamping is also used at night (the use of a spotlight to impair an animals natural defences).

Q: What legislation covers fish poaching?

Q: What offences are dealt with under these Acts?

  • poaching (unlawfully fishing in a private fishery)
  • unlawful fishing (fishing without the permission of the fishery owner or occupier eg. angling club)
  • taking fish from an enclosed fishery (eg. a lake or reservoir, where the fish are not free to move to another water body or watercourse)
  • deer poaching
  • bird trapping
  • theft of eggs from wild bird nests