Wildlife groups appeal for halt on hare culling
A TEMPORARY ban on the culling of mountain hares on grouse moors has been demanded by a coalition of Scottish wildlife organisations.
The 10 groups, including RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, argue that reports suggest a period of “voluntary restraint” of large-scale culls, called for nearly three years ago to allow research to be carried out, is being ignored.
They are appealing to the Scottish Government to introduce “urgent safeguards” to protect mountain hares, saying culls are believed to be leading to severe population declines. Moorland managers say the culls are sometimes necessary to limit the spread of ticks and protect trees.