With the harvest now well underway due to the hot weather, please be on the lookout for hare coursers out & about. We are looking for 4x4s / estate vehicles in cut fields & people with lurchers type dogs with slip leads. For more info see below:
What is hare coursing?
Hare coursing is a blood sport where dogs are used to chase, catch and kill hares.
It is illegal in the UK under the Hunting Act 2004, which makes it an offence to hunt wild mammals with dogs. Anyone convicted of the offence can receive a fine of up to £5,000 by a Magistrates’ Court.
Legislation also gives police the powers to seize and detain vehicles until the court hearing. Powers to seize vehicles may also be granted under section 30 of the Game Act 1831.
Hare coursing tends to start after harvest when large areas of land have been cleared of standing crops. It usually occurs at dawn or dusk.
Milton Keynes rural landscape makes it a popular area for hare coursing. It often attracts coursers from outside of the county.
What to look out for