Cull threat to hare num­bers

Daily Record - - NEWS -

SCOT­TISH wildlife groups have asked for a tem­po­rary ban on the moun­tain hare cull on grouse moors.

The 10 or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Scot­tish Wildlife Trust, are ap­peal­ing to the Scot­tish Govern­ment to in­tro­duce “safe­guards” to pro­tect moun­tain hares.

They say culls are be­lieved to be lead­ing to pop­u­la­tion de­clines and po­ten­tial lo­cal ex­tinc­tions.

Moor­land man­agers say the culls are some­times nec­es­sary to limit the spread of ticks, pro­tect trees and to main­tain frag­ile habi­tats.

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