Out­cry as hunter shoots moun­tain goat on Is­lay

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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.

“Scot­tish Nat­u­ral

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.

SHOOT­ING TIMES & COUN­TRY MAG­A­ZINE • 7

Tro­phy: Larysa Swit­lyk posted this im­age on her Instagram ac­count

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