Farmers and landowners have joined forces to help a Scottish Government agency defend itself for handing out licences to kill wild beavers.
Scotland’s planned annual deer cull target for 2020-21 has been reduced by around 10 per cent as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, government agency NatureScot has announced.
The Scottish Government’s wildlife agency told farmers that beavers were “good to eat and could be used for taxidermy”.
Grouse shooting will be banned on sporting estates where birds are prey are being illegally killed, the Scottish Government has announced.
The Scottish Government’s wildlife agency is under attack for including images of dead beavers - including one displayed by children - in shooting lessons for Tayside farmers.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating the death of a beaver in Perthshire just two days after the season for lethal control of the animals opened.