Why is hare coursing a problem?
The problems associated with poaching are very similar to those around hare coursing. Mainly, offenders will break gates in order to get onto private land, drive across crops damaging them and if they are hunting deer, it means the animals aren’t there when the landowners want to use them to make money. Poachers can also, while using lamps etc at night time to kill the deer, ruin the next day’s shooting if they are driving through pheasant cover and woodland where the birds normally feel safe.
· Groups of vehicles parked up in a rural area, perhaps to a gateway to farmland, bridle paths, farm tracks or grass verges.
· There will usually be estate cars, 4x4s or vans. They may have evidence of dogs inside like muddy paw prints or dog hairs.
· Hare coursers often travel in convoy with transit vans at the front and rear and the cars in between
· Lights or torches at night in wooded areas or across fields could be a sign of someone illegally hunting
Anyone who sees anything which might suggest hare coursing or poaching is happening in the area should report it to police via the 101 number. If you see hare coursing or poaching there and then, this could be a crime in progress so call 999