The subject of yesterday’s blog, mass killing of Mountain Hares in the Cairngorms National Park at a time when landowners have been asked to show restraint, was also covered in the Glasgow Herald and on the Raptor Persecution Scotland blog (but this blog was the first place to publish the photo above).
The Herald‘s Rob Edwards, who has written about this subject several times before, quotes the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Jonathan Hughes, ‘It is very sad that some landowners are clearly not heeding the very sensible call for constraint on large-scale culls of mountain hares‘ and the ecologist Adam Watson as saying ‘What we now see on the photos and elsewhere is a brutal military-type operation involving several estates and using fast snow scooters and other machines, which can move faster than the hares. Any that escape this massacre must be traumatised.’.
But Scottish Land and Estates can always be relied upon to defend the indefensible in the shape of Tim Baynes who was quoted thus ‘We are deeply concerned that once again an ill-informed attempt is being made to discredit the legitimate culling of mountain hares’.
Roughly translated this might mean ‘It’s our wildlife not your wildlife. We are the landowners – go away little people, go away’.
Remember, the image above, of a truckload of Mountain Hares, was taken in the Cairngorms National Park – you can give your views on the future of UK National Parks here.
Scottish Land and Estates’s Doug McAdam often uses the Twitter hashtag #helpingithappen on his tweets. So true, Doug, so true.