North east Fife police are appealing for witnesses after reports of hare coursing in the area.
In the last few weeks police have officers five reports of dogs being used to chase and kill hares in coastal areas around Dunino, Boarhills, Kingsbarns and Kippo,
Members of the public have reported seeing small groups of people with lurcher type dogs involved in this illegal activity and the Wildlife Crime Unit is now robustly investigating these offences.
Constable Lindsay Kerr, Wildlife and Environmental Crime Coordinator, said: “Hare coursing is a classified as a blood sport and tackling this savage practice is a national wildlife crime priority.”
He stressed: “It is illegal to hunt hares using dogs under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 and anyone found to be doing so can expect to be prosecuted.
“We are actively conducting inquiries within north east Fife to trace those responsible for these recent incidents and anyone who can help us identify them is asked to contact police immediately.
“In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to this investigation should also come forward.”
Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.