The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) has urged John Muir Trust officials to review plans for an increased Stag cull in Sutherland until possible impacts have been assessed.
The organisation was responding after members contacted its offices yesterday expressing fears over livelihoods if more deer are shot to protect birch trees at Quinag Estate.
John Muir Trust purchased the estate in 2005 for £600 000 and around 45 Stags are culled each year to promote woodland regeneration- a level deemed acceptable to neighbouring sporting concerns.
However, worried locals wrote to the Assynt Community Council after learning of recommendations by JMT officials to increase the stag cull to around 100. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…