Kerry Sinn Féin TD, Martin Ferris has called for a concerted effort to tackle those involved in illegal hunting of hares in the county.
“I was contacted again over the weekend regarding an incident of a landowner being threatened by illegal hunters,” said Deputy Ferris.
“These hunters are trespassing on private lands and using lurchers to hunt and kill an already scarce hare population. Landowners who confront these criminals are being threatened and intimidated.
“It is understandable why people are afraid to report these incidents but the only option for landowners is to report all incidents to the Gardaí and not to take on these individuals themselves.
“Only then can this criminality be tackled once and for all,” said Deputy Ferris.
A lurcher is primarily a hunting dog and is more often a cross between a greyhound and a terrier. They are reputed to possess greater tenacity, intelligence and ability to pick up a scent that other hunting dogs.
It’s not the threat of the dog in this instance which has people appealing to Deputy Ferris but the behaviour of the people who own them.
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