Board suggests poacher meeting

John Elliott, of Mosgiel, who found a bullet inserted in his deck in Mosgiel earlier this month. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
John Elliott, of Mosgiel, who found a bullet inserted in his deck in Mosgiel earlier this month. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The Saddle Hill Community Board is open to the idea of holding a meeting to discuss the issue of poachers in the area.

This comes after Taieri residents were last week urged to report suspicious behaviour after at least three firearms-related incidents.

The incidents include a stray bullet found embedded in a Mosgiel deck, and two men sighting a weapon within 150m of a contractor while illegally on a forestry block at Kuri Bush.

One landowner, who declined to be named, said he planned to put up signs on his property and raise the issue with the Saddle Hill Community Board.

Board chairman Scott Weatherall said he was yet to hear from the landowner, but the board would be happy to play a ''facilitation'' role when it came to sorting out a strategy to combat the poaching problem.

This could involve holding a meeting on the issue, Mr Weatherall said.

The board would also ask police for a briefing.

Mosgiel man John Elliott, who this month found a stray bullet embedded in his deck which he believed was likely fired by a poacher, supported putting up signs to warn off poachers.

The bullet could have gone ''right through the skull'' if someone was on the deck at the time, and anything to reduce the danger of a repeat incident was a good thing, he said.

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