Humberside Police clampdown on poachers
Police in North Lincolnshire have set up a patrol unit to crack down on poachers.
Humberside Police said the initiative was in response to the high number of reports of illegal hunting in the area.
Police said the hunters used four-wheel drive vehicles and dogs to chase and kill deer and hares.
Sgt Dave Jenkins, from the force's wildlife crime unit, described the activity of the poachers as "killing for pure kicks".
"The majority is done by dogs," said Sgt Jenkins.
"Using running dogs like lurchers and greyhounds cross bred with bull terriers so they've got a very strong, very fast, powerful dog that can bring a deer down."
Humberside Police said it was sharing intelligence and tactics with other forces across the north of England and were collaborating with the RSPCA.
Sgt Jenkins said as well as the killing of wildlife, police were concerned with criminal damage, as the hunters were destroying crops by driving around farmers' fields.