Warwickshire Police is asking for your help in reporting any incidents of hare coursing or poaching. Hare coursing tends to occur at this time of the year after harvest when large areas of land have been cleared of standing crops. It usually occurs at dawn or dusk, but there have been reports at all times of the day and night. Warwickshire Police is part of Operation Galileo, a national approach to hare coursing, with police forces working together to tackle this illegal wildlife crime. What to look out for:
- Coursing tends to happen on large flat areas of land.
- Be aware of a vehicle or number of vehicles, usually estate cars or vans, parked in a rural area.
- Binoculars are used to spot hares or at night strong lights or beams are used.
- Coursers will often walk along the field to frighten a hare into the open.
- The dogs used tend to be sight hounds, such as lurchers or whippet type dogs that chase by sight.
If you see hare coursing taking place, or suspect it is happening in your area contact the police straight away. You are advised not to approach the participants. Photographs and details of number plates will help the Police. You can also report incidents online at www.warwickshire.police.uk