Four men have been charged in connection with hare coursing at locations across Scotland.
Police began investigating after reports of hare coursing activity in the Scottish Borders, Midlothian, East Lothian and Stirlingshire in March and April.
Officers traced a car on April 29 with four people and six dogs inside on Station Road, Kippen, Stirlingshire.
Four men – aged 28, 29, 44 and 51 – have now been charged in connection with wildlife crime offences.
A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.
Detective Chief Inspector Bryan Burns, of Dalkeith CID, said he welcomes charges being brought in light of the “cruel acts”
He added: “Police Scotland, in partnership with other agencies, takes wildlife crime seriously and I would encourage members of the public to call 101 to report any incidents where wildlife crime is suspected.”