Yearly breeding cycle of the hare (top row), and approximate permitted hunting seasons, main hunting seasons, and close seasons in 24 European countries arranged alphabetically (Great Britain divided into England and Wales, and Scotland; data derived from the literature and from the survey).
In England and Wales, the Hares Preservation Act 1892 prevents the sale of hares from 1 March to 31 July, but this does not compare to a close season, as hares can be shot during this period, and may then be frozen and sold at other times.
First we collated information on hare management practices, close season dates, hunting methods, and quotas via an online survey of biologists, ecologists, game managers and hunters in 24 European countries, for comparison with the situation in England and Wales.
Close seasons are set by by-law to protect species of fish during their respective breeding seasons to allow for continuation of the species.
The operation - to detect unlicensed anglers and people fishing during the close season - saw a total of 78 offences detected among 35 anglers.
Beckham has spent the past two close seasons in Serie A with AC Milan and his advisors' experience in setting up those deals means they are ready to move quickly if necessary.
LA Galaxy sources had claimed the former England skipper would not be playing elsewhere during the MLS close season.