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Illegal Hunting

ICC Launch Illegal Hunting Reporting Tool – REPORT ILLEGAL HUNTING IN YOUR AREA

To further enhance the protection of the Irish hare from illegal hunting, the ICC is asking coursing clubs and the coursing public to report such incidences via the new ICC reporting tool on the ICC website (under Coursing drop-down menu). The native Irish hare is a protected species under the Wildlife Act 1976-2018, the Opens Seasons Order 2005 and the Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013. The act of illegal hunting is unlawful and should be reported to the Gardaí and the NPWS, as they possess the powers of prosecution for such acts. As part of all coursing clubs’ role as guardian of the native Irish Hare, it is important to log all incidents of illegal hunting. It is important that if you witness illegal hunting that you do not engage with the transgressors and that immediate contact is made with the Gardaí and NPWS rangers in your area. Familiarise yourself with the type of necessary information that will assist with a prosecution by visiting the reporting tool link on the ICC website. Your personal details will not be shared with any third party without your express permission. The ICC may contact you to follow up on the incident and related matters.
The ICC Reporting Tool has been designed to gather the facts on each incident of illegal hunting and it is possible to upload images if available also.

How to complete the Reporting Tool: Simply click on the tab: REPORT ILLEGAL HUNTING and proceed as instructed to complete all details.
Once completed please click the SUBMIT link to upload your incident report and you will receive a receipt email to let you know it is lodged with the ICC.