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S5W-16593: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to the third supplementary to question S5F-02186 by Nicola Sturgeon on 29 March 2018 (Official Report, c. 20), what options are being explored to prevent the large-scale culling of mountain hares, and when this process will be concluded.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 1 June 2018

The independently-led group, chaired by Professor Werritty set up to examine how to ensure grouse moor management is sustainable and compliant with the law is also examining mountain hare management. The group will report back to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform in Spring 2019.

We are currently considering whether interim measures may be appropriate. Assessment of all the available data required to inform that consideration is underway.