A proposal to investigate eating beavers to limit their numbers was dropped from Scotland’s new wild beaver strategy following inquiries from The Ferret.
The Scottish Government’s forestry agency has admitted that red squirrel nests may be “lost” when it cuts down trees.
Sporting estates are drawing up plans to lobby for blanket permission to shoot more birds to stop them eating salmon, according to a leaked document.
The Scottish Government is under growing pressure to act after confirmation that 87 beavers have been shot under licence in the eight months since they were given official protected status.
Farmers and landowners have killed around a hundred wild beavers in Tayside in a cull condemned as "sickening" and "shameful" by campaigners.