Police are investigating reports of hare-coursing in rural Perthshire.
Officers were called to Loan Brae, near Errol and beside the A90, just after 4pm on Sunday.
A witness said three men were patrolling the area with dogs. They were travelling in a dark coloured vehicle.
The incident comes just weeks after local farmer Mike Gillies told The Courier how he was threatened by members of a suspected hare-coarsing gang at his East Inchmichael Farm.
The 59-year-old said the group of five men and two lurcher-type dogs appeared to be hunting hares on his land.
A force spokesman has urged any witnesses to Sunday’s incident to get in touch.
“Wildlife crime is committed for financial gain, for ‘sport’ or other purposes. Irrespective of the motivation however, wildlife crime is damaging to species and habitats,” he said. “Those involved in wildlife crime are frequently involved in other rural criminality.”
Any witnesses are urged to call 101 or Freephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.