Scotland’s once-endangered mountain hare population is now stable, according to the results of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT) survey entitled The distribution of Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) in Scotland.

“We are pleased to see that the survey and mapping work the GWCT has done for this project suggests that the area occupied by mountain hares in Scotland has not declined, as this is often the first sign that all is not well with an animal’s population,” said the GWCT’s Dr Adam Smith.

Last year, to learn more about the current distribution of mountain hares (which are listed as a Biodiversity Action Plan species) and the level of culling, a partnership comprising Scottish Natural Heritage, the GWCT, the Macaulay Institute and the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association undertook a nationwide postal questionnaire survey among.

The rest of this article appears in 1 May issue of Shooting Times.

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