We received three reports of hare coursing in the East Berwickshire area yesterday. Two 4x4 vehicles (one a blue Subaru), several men and lurcher type dogs were reported near Grantshouse, Ayton and Chirnside. These incidents are under investigation.
Hare coursing is the hunting of hares using dogs; it is an offence and causes distress to wildlife and dogs and damage to farmland.
This is most likely to occur at weekends and evenings during daylight hours.
Spring and autumn are the peak seasons and coursing generally takes place on flat arable farmland and grassland without the consent of the landowner.
Those involved in this activity will usually use lurchers, greyhounds and whippets which hunt by sight and are normally walked across fields on slip leads and are released when any hares run off. It has been known for multiple dogs to chase one hare and money to change hands dependant on which dog kills the hare.
Please report any suspicious activity to police by phoning 101 or 999 in an emergency, giving as much detail as possible including vehicles types and registration numbers
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Nick Walker (Police Scotland, Constable, Scottish Borders)
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