A man who imported traps to catch mink has been fined €500 at a sitting of Longford District Court.
Darren Madden with an address at Whiterock, Longford, was also ordered to pay the costs in the case.
The court heard that Darren Madden had imported ten traps from the United States with the intention of catching mink in the Longford area.
His solicitor, Frank Gearty, said his client was a pest-controller in his spare time and was also a member of a local gun club.
Mr Madden explained every gun club receives 2,000 points when a member produces a mink tail to prove that one has been ‘dispatched.’
The club with the highest score wins a trophy.
The court was told the problem with the traps was that they could also catch pine martens, although Mr Gearty said that this was not his client’s intention.
In answer to a direct question from Judge Seamus Hughes, Mr Madden said there was a lot of wild mink in the Longford region.
He was fined €500 for importing traps into the State from outside the EU contrary to Section 34(4) of the Wildlife Act 1976.
He was also ordered to pay the State’s cost of €615.