Cull threat to hare numbers
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.