HATE figure of the hunting lobby Alun Michael has just become a marked man - with a new website dedicated to tracking him down.
The Countryside Minister and Cardiff South MP given the thankless task of driving through legislation on hunting with hounds is in danger of becoming the quarry.
A website set up yesterday aims to keep hunt protesters abreast of the Minister's public engagements. The website's creators have called it "a bit of fun".
But Mr Michael is unlikely to see the funny side of a campaign which has so far seen him forced to cancel public events, pelted with eggs and paint when tracked down, branded a Judas and subjected to hate-filled abuse.
The website's mock tone declares itself "dedicated to everyone's favourite Defra Minister Alun Michael and his fans across the country".
It adds, "Recently Alun has tired of his celebrity lifestyle and become shy about advertising his public appearances.
"Thousands of people are desperate to meet and greet Alun on his travels around the British countryside so if you know where he is let us know and we will help them meet up."
It adds, "We guarantee to give Alun a welcome within the hour, or we'll send you a framed picture of the man himself."
First Minister Rhodri Morgan and Welsh Secretary Peter Hain have slammed the "bully boy" tactics of some hunt supporters and praised Mr Michael's defiance in the face of intimidation.
Mr Morgan yesterday branded the new website "utterly outrageous".
He added, "This is nothing more than bullying and intimidation which has no place in a democratic society. We offer Alun every support and think he is doing a fantastic job."
Since the Hunting Bill was reintroduced last month, Mr Michael's public life has been thrown into turmoil.
He was first forced to pull out of a right to roam rally in the Peak District, he insists on the advice of police.
Later the same month he cancelled plans to take part in the launch of a trust fund to promote Dorset's Jurassic coast and when campaigners caught up with their man in Exeter he was pelted with eggs and paint.
It is beginning to take its toll on the Cardiff South and Penarth MP who admits to being worried by the "seriously intimidating protests".
In a frank interview with The Guardian yesterday, he said, "I have to say it is equally difficult to persuade people who oppose hunting that a little room needs to be given to hunting people to accept change.
"We are starting to see seriously intimidating protests, an attempt to bully. I have even heard people say, 'This is what we fought the Second World War for.'"
Many countryside campaigners claim the Hunting Bill, due to reach Committee Stage in the Lords next week, is an attack on their civil liberties.
One website has even mocked up a picture of Mr Michael as Adolf Hitler - the anti-smoking, teetotal, vegetarian who himself outlawed fox-hunting in Germany in 1936.
Lembit Opik, Montgomeryshire MP and chairman of the Middle Way group on hunting, said the websites should be treated lightly provided they stressed non-violent forms of protest.
He said, "Alun has Peter Hain to thank for this new website. Peter Hain on Any Questions last week said direct action was perfectly legitimate. I agree violence is not acceptable and I trust the organisers of this website will stress the importance of non-violence in whatever they plan to do."