mink culling in Scotland

Posted on January 18, 2011

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Today (1st February), an item was posted on the BBC news web-site titled ‘Alien invaders: American mink removed from Scotland’.

‘… We walk down to inspect the floating trap that is tethered to the riverbank, and sure enough, a mink is inside …

Then it is taken away to a quiet spot along this catchment of the River Don, and killed: a single shot to its head.

It is not easy to witness, and the conservationists I am with say it is a difficult part of their job.

“It’s not something I get any satisfaction out of, but I am trained to do this, and we dispatch them as quickly and humanely as possible to cause minimal distress to the animal,” says Jamie Urquhart, a river biologist from the River Don Trust.

One by one, American mink like this are being removed from rivers in Scotland, in what has been described as the biggest conservation scheme of its kind in a paper in the journal Biological Conservation …’

Read the item at www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12323300

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