Conservationists accuse farmersof wiping out hares

27 August 1998

Conservationists accuse farmers
of wiping out hares

HARES are being wiped out by farmers to prevent their land being used by illegal coursing gangs, conservationists have claimed.

English Nature says the practice of shooting hares in parts of the country has meant hares have become “locally extinct”.

Gangs of illegal coursers have been known to close roads, threaten gamekeepers, sabotage farm equipment and poison farm dogs.

The gangs single out areas where hares are more prolific, such as south Lincolnshire and north Cambridgeshire, starting when the crops are harvested and the hares can be seen on the stubble.

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