This unlikely headline was printed by the Scotsman on 14th January 2012. The ensuing article refers to a call from the Scottish Gamekeepers Association to the Scottish Government, ” to carry out further research on the beavers, which are classed as an illegal species, before deciding whether they should be allowed to remain in the wild.” It is true that research on the short-term and the long-term effects of beavers is required, not only to avoid such rhetoric, but also to fully understand the ecosystem services that many believe beavers will bring both to the local community and further afield. Stewart Stevenson, the Environment Minister in the Scottish Government, is believed to be making a statement about the fate of the Tay beavers sometime soon.
Posted on January 17, 2012 at 9:00 am
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