On 7th
June 2019 three gamekeepers; William Kett from Viewmount Drive, Stradbally, Co Waterford, Daniel Kubiena of Cnoc Aoibhinn, Cork Hill, Youghal, County Cork and Mark Casey; were found guilty of illegaly hunting a protected species.
The trio had been hunting otter in September 2017. The incident was investigated by conservation ranger Brian Duffy and subsequently brought to the Youghal district court. William Kett was fined €500, Kubiena pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting Kett and was fined €300 while Casey was directed to pay €250 to the Irish Wildlife Trust.
The Irish otter is protected under Section 23 (5A) of the Wildlife Acts and because of this protection has one of the most stable populations in Europe.