Page last updated at 11:48 GMT, Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Hare today, gone tomorrow?

Hare coursing

Cannot play media. Sorry, this media is not available in your territory.

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.

Story Tools


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific