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.
Two beavers have been shot and another five were seen dead on Tayside in the last month, an investigation by The Ferret has revealed.
Scottish Government plans to simultaneously introduce legal protection to beavers while giving licences to land managers to shoot them have raised concerns.
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.