Outcry as hunter shoots mountain goat on Islay
American Larysa Switlyk, who posted an image of herself with a feral mountain goat, has provoked calls for a ban on hunting in Scotland.
Michael Russell, the Scottish Brexit secretary who represents Islay, announced: “If this is happening on Islay and laid on by a tour company, I would want to see it stopped immediately.”
The dead goat represents part of an important source of income for Islay and Ms Switlyk was on a tour organised by Argyll-based West Highland Hunting.
Niall Rowantree, the company’s sporting manager and head stalker, said: “We only cull goats that are past their breeding best. When
[Ms Switlyk] was here she shot stags as part of our annual harvest.
Heritage has been charged by Scottish ministers to deliver sustainable wildlife management and the Scottish Government has identified deer as a species for sustainable use.
“So if Roseanna Cunningham or Michael Russell don’t think that sport is a sustainable use, how do they intend that we generate an income and secure our local communities?”
Shooting Times contacted the office of MSP Mr Russell, but we had not received a response at the time of going to press.
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Trophy: Larysa Switlyk posted this image on her Instagram account