A Kerry TD believes some instances of illegal hare hunting are intelligence gathering operations with the intent to carry out burglaries.
Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris is calling for efforts to tackle such illegal hunting.
Concerned landowners say hunters are trespassing on private lands and using lurchers to hunt and kill an already scarce hare population.
The Kerry TD says this activity is damaging wildlife as well as intimidating people in their own homes.
Deputy Ferris is urging people to report all incidents to the Gardaí.