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Hare today, gone tomorrow?

Hare coursing

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Hare coursing, where dogs hunt hares by sight not scent, was banned in Northern Ireland partly to help stall a dramatic decline in the hare population.

But now it seems it could be a way of protecting the hares. Research by Queens University shows that in the South, where coursing with muzzled dogs is commonplace, hares are thriving.

Our Environment Correspondent Mike McKimm examines the evidence.

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