Red deer could be as rare as buf­falo

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -


It is ar­rant non­sense and disin­gen­u­ous of the Cale­do­nian Pinewood Re­cov­ery Pro­ject and other new age con­ser­va­tion groups to sug­gest that if the pub­lic fail to do­nate at least £20,000 to­wards the restora­tion of 50 acres of wood­land, that some­how or other Scots pines will dis­ap­pear from the High­lands for ever (Lochaber Times, Septem­ber 28).

There are thou­sands of acres of these trees re­gen­er­at­ing and sup­port­ing wildlife be­hind fences through­out their na­tive range.

To sup­port their emo­tional ap­peal, Trees for Life re­minds us that the no­ble Scots pine dates back to the last ice age but fails to say so does the red deer, which it is at pains to con­demn.

Treat­ing Scot­land’s most iconic and im­por­tant mam­mal no bet­ter than ver­min is a dan­ger­ous game.

The deer pop­u­la­tion has never been so low and the num­ber of trees so great in the High­lands, yet still they are be­ing overkilled. If this con­tin­ues the wild red deer, as we know them to­day, will be as rare as the buf­falo on the plains of Amer­ica within a gen­er­a­tion. Iain Thorn­ber, Knock House, Morvern.

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