The unwelcome spectre of vandalism and illegal dumping has reared its ugly head again at campsites in some of the country’s most iconic national parks.
A case in point is the Pinch River campground in the Kosciuszko National Park in south east New South Wales. The National Parks and Wildlife Service says it is now speaking with police and increasing its own patrols after a spate of vandalism incidents … as well as evidence being found of illegal hunting activity.
“They had gone to a lot of trouble and pulled out all the bollards and burnt bollards and made a really big mess, so far anyone coming after them it wasn’t a pretty sight,” Snowy River area manager Pam O’Brien, told the ABC. “They had left just household garbage as well as burnt gas bottles, bottles, things like that.”
Illegal shooters have also been targeting deer and horses around popular campsites in the Lower Snowy River area near the Victorian border.
“The staff have been finding the carcases of deer with their heads chopped off, presumably the hunters take them as trophies, and they’re also shooting horses,” Ms O’Brien told the ABC. “It really is the last thing that people want to see is these animals lying around, as well as hearing gun shots.”
She urged visitors to report any suspicious activity.