Help Dorset Police clamp down on rise in poaching

Help Dorset Police clamp down on rise in poaching

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 25th April 2020.

Dorset Police Rural Crime Team are asking us to report any illegal hunting or capturing of wild animals.

The team are seeing a rise in poaching reports throughout the county, some areas are receiving more reports than others. 

In order to continue patrols in these areas, the police need to know as much information as possible.

If you have any information that could help with an investigation, the police would like to know what's happening, when, where and how. 

If you see the following, please report to the police: 

  • Any signs of poaching, suspicious vehicles, padlocks being bolt-cropped, tyre tracks in fields and gates left open. 
  • Anything suspicious, bright lights in a field and dogs being used to catch deer or hare.
  • Remains of animals being left.
  • Social media posts, photo's or videos being posted of poaching or illegal hare coursing
  • Someone selling cheap Venison, pheasant or hare.

If you've seen any of the above and would like to report it to the police but remain anonymous, please contact the Crimestoppers Rural Crime Reporting Line on 0800 783 0137.

Or you can contact Dorset Police on 101, or