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Police Scotland - Hare Coursing

Alert message sent 09/08/2021 13:50:00

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Hare coursing is the deliberate hunting of hares with dogs.
This cruel and illegal activity has been banned in Scotland since 2002. Hare coursing is a criminal offence and permission of the landowner is irrelevant.
The dogs involved in Hare Coursing tend to be Lurcher/Greyhound type dogs who hunt on sight not on scent.
Hare Coursing occurs all year round however is most prevalent between August and April when crops are cut short. This allows dogs and their handlers the ability to observe the hares.
The dogs are usually held by their handler using a slip lead, and on sight of a hare, the dog is released to pursue and kill the hare (if caught).
Hare coursers will often travel large distances to carry out this illegal act, meaning there are usually vehicles involved, or parked close by.
Wildlife Crime Officer Hannah Haywood said ‘The hare suffers a torturous death. It is chased around a field for several minutes. It's exhausted and in the end is torn apart by the chasing dog. It's a barbaric sport that has been banned for good reason.’
Police Scotland urge those who live and work in our countryside to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

Anyone with information regarding Hare Coursing should contact Police Scotland on 999 or 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Hannah Haywood (Police, Constable - A Division Wildlife Crime Officer, North East Division)

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