Stop Mass Culling and The extinction of Native Mountain Hare in Scotland!

Stop Mass Culling and The extinction of Native Mountain Hare in Scotland!

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Bev Winter started this petition to The Scottish Government

Leading ecologist Adam Watson, monitored Mountain hare Lepus timidius populations over 7 decades in the Cairngorms and outlying hills of N.E. Scotland. He found that populations have declined to 1% of their levels in the 1950's. Mountain Hare are Britain's only native hare and the only protection that they have is; culling is not allowed from 1st March to 31st July. This is loosely monitored by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) by the numbers reported to them by Land/Estate owners. 2018 figures showed that 38000 had been culled! In the hills of the N.E ( Ben Rinnes, Buck of Cabrach) etc that I frequent, I have observed populations declining dramatically over the past 3 years to this year when I find the hills devoid of these wonderful creatures. The sporting estates/land owners, manage hare populations as they are a host of louping ill, which is transferable to red grouse Lagopus lagopus, however grouse populations are in a state of (un)natural decline and if Mountain Hare were human we'd call this Genocide! I don't belong in montane habitat, humans don't, Mountain Hares and other native species do! Time to prevent this Mass Extinction of the iconic  Mountain Hare which has made a home in it's natural habitat for as long as the species has existed. Mountain hare must have protected status as a species!

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