Tuesday, February 22, 2011

On the Wild Side: A Good Hare Day

In Cambridgeshire, UK over a 100 hare coursers have been caught since August and 15 of their vehicles have been smashed to smithereens as a penalty. The "sport" is illegal and involves high-stakes betting competition. Dogs are let off leash to see which one can catch the most hares. Hare coursers drive on to private land destroying crops and fencing so the authorities are taking it very seriously. However, it's a crushing experience for coursers if discovered. The offenders pay fines, face a ban on driving for 6 months, and their cars are destroyed. As for the hares, they live to see another day. Lucky lagomorphs!

To see a video of an interesting close encounter with a very curious Brown Hare go to this link.