The Irish hare
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Ireland is divided into two jurisdictions, which are subject to separate legislation. Irish hares have very limited protection in law throughout Ireland and are still a quarry species despite their low numbers. It is mainly the wildlife and game legislation that determines the legal status of the Irish hare. Practical implications for hares are discussed of the Hunting and Coursing section.

Hare coursing is now banned in Northern Ireland

It is a criminal offence to trap, net or possess live hares AT ANY TIME without a licence. It is also a criminal offence to take hares by any means during the closed season (1st February -11th August In Northern Ireland & 1st March - 25th September in Irish Republic)

Trapping or netting hares at any time should be reported to the authorities:

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (RoI) are the government departments with responsibility for wildlife protection. Wildlife crime is investigated by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Garda Síochána.

Criminal activity can be reported anonymously by telephoning Crimestoppers on
Freephone 1800 250 025 (Republic of Ireland) or 0800 555 111 (Northern Ireland)



Current legislation may be accessed at the following links: