Wildlife groups ap­peal for halt on hare culling

Evening Express (City Final) - - Scotland Today -

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.

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