A plan to reintroduce beavers in northern Scotland has been postponed following opposition from landowners, aided by the local SNP politician, Kate Forbes.
A new report by NatureScot has also revealed 45 animals were trapped and moved to licenced projects, compared with 33 in 2021. Of these, 15 beavers were released to the wild.
NatureScot has been accused of failing to ensure that beavers are being killed humanely, with just one autopsy performed on the protected species last year.
Government woodland bosses have been criticised for failing to bring beavers back to state-owned Scottish land and save them from possible shooting.
A proposal to investigate eating beavers to limit their numbers was dropped from Scotland’s new wild beaver strategy following inquiries from The Ferret.
Conservationists have welcomed plans by the Scottish Government’s woodland agency to bring beavers to three new sites on its vast estate before the end of this year.
The Scottish Government's wildlife agency licensed the killing of 115 beavers in Tayside in 2020, sparking angry criticisms from campaigners.
Farmers and landowners have joined forces to help a Scottish Government agency defend itself for handing out licences to kill wild beavers.
The Scottish Government’s wildlife agency told farmers that beavers were “good to eat and could be used for taxidermy”.