Two men charged with hare coursing in Fife

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Police are asking the public to help identify vandals.

Two men have been charged with hare coursing following a Police Scotland wildlife crime investigation.

Police in Fife received various reports in June this year relating to two men using lurcher type dogs to target hares within a number of farms on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy.

As a result of continued inquiries by dedicated Wildlife Crime Officers, two men were detained on Friday, November 27 and were subsequently charged under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act.

The pair, aged 43 and 21, will now be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Constable Lindsay Kerr, Wildlife Crime Officer for Fife, said: “The use of dogs to chase and kill animals such as hares is an offence we are working hard to deter and to seek prosecution for anyone found to be responsible.

“If you witness anyone who you believe is engaging in hare coursing then please contact police immediately so we can investigate.”