Hare Coursing – the illegal pursuit of hares using dogs to chase, catch and kill them

Hare coursing

Hare coursing is the illegal pursuit of hares using dogs to chase, catch and kill them. The dogs used are sighthounds (for example greyhounds or lurchers) and so pursue the hares by sight and not by scent. After the harvest has taken place is when we usually see a peak in incidents of coursing as the hares have no place to hide.
Often this is a competitive activity and involves organised criminal groups and substantial sums of money placed on bets.
We would like your help to tackle this issue, please be vigilant in rural areas and report any information or suspicious activity that you see or are aware of.
If you see coursing taking place call 999 straight away, if it is after the event or you have information that may assist us ring 101 or report online at

http://www.leics.police.uk/report-online or report anonymously via crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
We encourage you to stay safe and not to engage with the individuals involved.

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