Hay Local Court has fined two men for illegally hunting in Yanga National Park in the South Western Riverina.
Dylan Thomas and Travis Clare claimed to have been helping reduce the feral pig population at the National Park.
But this claim was rejected by the magistrate who slapped Clare with a $2500 fine, and Thomas with $2000 fine.
The pair were charged in December last year with multiple offences after being caught by National Park officers and the police.
They were initially challenged by rangers, with the men driving away from the rangers before being intercepted by the National Park officers along with the police.
The charges included carrying unlicenced hunting equipment, illegal park entry, driving with obscured number plates, and lighting a prohibited fire.
"Hunting in National Parks is dangerous for park staff, visitors and wildlife and this sends a strong message to people who don't respect our parks," Lower Darling Area Manager, Jo Gorman, said in a press release.
"Our rangers have a range of legal powers, are always on the lookout and working closely with NSW Police. We're asking anyone who see things like this to contact their nearest National Parks and Wildlife Service Office, Police or Crime Stoppers."
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