This morning, Saturday 11 March at about 2:00 am, a resident in the Glenside village area saw three young men (possibly teens), two with flashlights and one with a white bag on his back walking on her property. They were looking for an eel they had either injured or killed, and were heading north along the stream.
Earlier the previous evening, on Friday 10 March at 11:00 pm, a family at Willowbank at the north end of Glenside, caught two men, probably in their 40’s, in the stream beside their home, on private property, eeling.
They had about five eels and when spoken to by the owners, were argumentative and did not believe they were on privately owned land.
The police were called but did not locate the men.
This is the third recent incident of people being unlawfully on private property killing eels in Glenside. About a week ago, a resident reported that a very large old eel he had been hand feeding, had been found with a gashed head on his streambank.
Eels in Glenside are treasured and are people’s pets. Female eels only spawn once in their life, and this is when they leave New Zealand and swim off to Tonga at about the age of 80 – 100. Once born, the baby elvers take about seven years to swim back home to the Glenside streams its mother was living in. Less than 25% of New Zealand eels are female and the longfin eel in Glenside is a threatened species.