Man, 39, handed £500 fine after admitting hunting fox with dogs
A huntsman has been handed a fine after admitting hunting a fox with dogs.
David Parker, of the Seavington Hunt, admitted the offence of hunting a fox with dogs, when he appeared at Yeovil Magistrates' Court on Thursday.
The 39-year-old, of Seavington St Mary, Ilminster, was fined £500, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 and £500 costs for the offence which took place in the area around Causeway Lane, Winsham, in Dorset in January.
The court heard that two wildlife crime investigators were filming the hunt on the Dorset/Somerset border when they saw a fox bolt from where hounds were searching.
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The court was told the huntsman then blew the horn and engaged the hounds in pursuing the fox.
The hounds were not called off and the pursuit ended at ichan earth where the fox apparently managed to escape.
The film was handed to the RSPCA, which then mounted the prosecution.