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The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

DRA­MATIC pho­tographs of a sea ea­gle car­ry­ing away a lamb in its talons pro­voked lively de­bate about wildlife, con­ser­va­tion and farm­ing.

David McLough­lin posted: ‘Prob­a­bly not happy but we Can’t stop na­ture we have to live with it. We ran this bird to ex­tinc­tion in this coun­try we should be proud they are now com­ing back.’

Lucy Ni­chol­son ex­plained: ‘I am not lucy ni­chol­son I am her hus­band and a farmer and know sea ea­gles take lambs but con­ser­va­tion­ists are talk­ing of rein­tro­duc­ing lynx more lambs dec­i­mated but am sure it will bring in the hol­i­day­mak­ers.

Alex Ea­ton slammed: ‘I hate when con­ser­va­tion­ists think to solve one prob- lem you in­tro­duce an­other species like the lynx into the food chain and hope it only does what you want it to do, how many times has rein­tro­duc­ing an­i­mals back into the wild ac­tu­ally worked with­out af­fect­ing un­in­ten­tion­ally other species and landscape around it? Just think of the ex­tra cost to farm­ers to pro­tect their live­stock from lynx as well.’ Katharine El­wis of­fered: ‘I have heard RSPB rep­re­sen­ta­tives say, cat­e­gor­i­cally, that these birds do not take lambs. Farm­ers beg to dif­fer.’

Kirs­tine Han­cock wrote: ‘ We ( hu­mans) breed and kill thou­sands of lamb ev­ery year for food..... but god for­bid any other an­i­mal should do the same as us!’

Don­ald Bow­ness quipped: ‘ Wow a sea ea­gle takes a lamb when thou­sands are killed ev­ery day to put food on our ta­bles. That ea­gle has more right than us to have it!’

Laura Cook said: ‘Crows are dread­ful crea­tures too, they re­move the eyes of lambs and sheep, given half a chance, I can’t re­mem­ber if it’s the crow, or the raven that takes the tongues of lambs. The dif­fer­ence is, farm­ers can and do con­trol num­bers of crows, where Ravens are pro­tected.’

Megan Sea­cord posted: ‘I’ve gone from think­ing ravens were clever and ad­mirable to hav­ing a raging ha­tred for their butcher­ing ways. I’d hap­pily shoot them all.’

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