Police in the Highlands have thanked members of the public for their vigilance and assistance in providing information on incidents of hare coursing in the north.

Hare coursing is the illegal pursuit of hares by dogs resulting in a barbaric, terrifying death for the animal.

PC Dan Sutherland, Divisional Wildlife Crime Officer, explains: “We’ve issued a number of appeals recently relating to crime in the rural environment and following contact from members of the public, Police in Inverness have reported three individuals to the Procurator Fiscal for hare coursing in the Ardersier area.

“Police continue to urge anyone with information relating to wildlife crime or other rural crime to report all suspicious activity as soon as possible. Activities such as hare coursing is a significant rural crime which can involve the wider criminal network, having a detrimental impact on rural home owners and businesses.”

“Information from the public is the lifeblood of such investigations and members of the community are once again thanked for their continued assistance.”

For further information on home and rural security please see the Police Scotland website.