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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17688: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to place restrictions on the culling of mountain hares.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 6 August 2018

The Scottish Government opposes large-scale culls of mountain hares.

It may be necessary to control mountain hare numbers in specific circumstances, such as to protect native woodlands or commercial forestry.

The independently-led Grouse Moor Management Group, which was set up to examine how to ensure grouse moor management is sustainable and legally compliant, is also looking at mountain hare management. The group will report to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform in Spring 2019.

Currently, we are considering whether any measures in the interim may be appropriate, decisions on which will be informed by any firm, scientific evidence of significant population declines.