Landowners and farmers are licensed to kill more than 1,300 brown hares every year during the breeding season, prompting accusations that their young will be left to starve to death.
Film footage of heather moorland on fire belching clouds of smoke across the Cairngorms has sparked fierce criticism of sporting estates.
A move to impose tougher controls on landowners scarring hillsides by bulldozing tracks for deer stalking and grouse shooting has been launched in the Scottish Parliament.
The Scottish Government is facing unprecedented pressure to overhaul its plans to cut climate pollution from farming from a powerful alliance of food and environment groups.
Over 70 birds of prey have been killed or gone missing at grouse shooting estates across Scotland since 2004.
Mountain Hares are under threat from lucrative shoots and mass culls according to an animal welfare charity.
Attempts to defeat wildlife crime unravel as gamekeepers boycott government meetings and another prosecution is dropped.
Fresh concerns about Scottish Government’s failure to tackle wildlife crime after the collapse of legal action against landowner.
Farmers and gamekeepers are shooting “as many beavers as possible” on Tayside before they are brought under legal protection, according to emails released by the Scottish Government.