Three men have been charged in connection with hare coursing in the north-east.
It follows reports of incidents in the Pitmedden and Oldmeldrum areas.
A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.
PC Jennifer Heritage, the inquiry officer from Ellon police office, said: "I would like to thank the public for their vigilance in reporting these incidents when they occur.
"Wildlife crime is a priority for Police Scotland and whilst it is often difficult to catch offenders in the act, we continue to investigate these crimes fully.
"If you see crimes like these taking place or suspect they are happening please contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."