Earlier this year, he warned that a £5 million black market for venison was resulting in a poaching renaissance, with criminals targeting the West Country's wildlife, including the iconic red deer of Exmoor.
Mr Hunter said tackling poaching, which increases across England and Wales during late autumn following the harvest and as the hours of darkness lengthen, is one of the UK's wildlife crime priorities.
He said: "Poaching is a criminal activity – all poachers are trespassers and analysis by the NWCU over the past two years shows that, given an opportunity, poachers have diversified into thefts, burglaries, assaults and other rural crimes.
Many police forces are developing rural crime strategies where the tackling of all wildlife crime, and particularly poaching, is a priority. Project Trespass will help in the effort to co-ordinate intelligence and responses to reports of crime." Almost half of all wildlife crime from across the UK reported to the NWCU relates to "poaching intelligence", including the targeting of deer, fish and game....