Hare coursing is the pursuit of hare with hounds, often whippets, greyhounds or other sight hounds. This form of hunting was banned in 2004 with the introduction of The Hunting Act (2004). Despite this illegal hare coursing still continues on areas with vast flat land, often without the owners consent. Hare coursing is typically done as a contest between hounds, with bets placed. Suspects often travel large distances to come to ideal areas to preform these crimes since hare coursing requires a large amount of flat land; areas worst effected by hare coursing are Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. Criminals with often video the chasing of the hare themselves for betting purposes later.
As well as the effect this has on hares, hare coursers trespass illegally on property with vehicles, usually larger 4x4s. This results in major damage to crops and financial implications are too often felt by farmers.
What you can do to help.
If you are aware hare coursing is currently taking place dial 999 immediately. Make sure to take down as much evidence as you can, such as number plates and the description of vehicles and suspects. If you can, film what is happening. Do not approach. Hare coursers have become violent with landowners and police in the past. If you are aware that hare coursing has happened, or will take place, dial 101 and report it to the police. You can also submit information via our "report wildlife crime" tool.
The best way you can help us tackle hare coursing is by joining the CCW, or making a one-off donation to support us research the best methods of making an impact on the illegal hare coursing that takes place.
What we're doing.
The CCW is currently investigating the best way to tackle these crimes in conjunction with farmers, land owners, community action groups and the police. You can keep updated on our efforts via our social media, or via our news.