Mountain hares are native to Scotland. In their white winter coat they’re a thrilling sight that is iconic of Scotland’s rugged and wild landscapes. For almost half the year, from March to August, mountain hares in Scotland are protected. Any persecution without a licence from the Scottish Government is illegal. For the remainder of the year, they can be killed freely with no permissions and no transparency.
Mountain hares are killed in their thousands by hunting parties who view it as a legitimate sport, by gamekeepers to manage land for red grouse shooting, and, to a lesser extent, to protect forestry. Some grouse moor managers cull mountain hares in large numbers because they fear the hares may transmit the tick-borne louping-ill virus to red grouse, reducing the number of grouse available to shoot. Red grouse shooting is a lucrative business in Scotland, so less grouse means less income for the estate.
Take action now and call on the Cairngorms National Park, which is at the core of the mountain hare’s range in Scotland, to stop mountain hare culls.
The Cairngorms National Park Authority have the power to stop this, but the lobby who support the culling is strong. So take action now: sign this postcard to the Cairngorms National Park Authority and help end the culls in the Cairngorms. A giant copy of this postcard with everyone’s name on it to the Cairngorms before the killing season begins again in August.