Date lodged: 19 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to the second supplementary to question S5F-02186 by Nicola Sturgeon on 29 March 2018 (Official Report, c. 20), in light of two newly-published peer-reviewed papers showing evidence of significant population declines of mountain hares in Scotland, what immediate action it will take to safeguard populations now that the open season for mountain hares has begun.
Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 2 October 2018
The Scottish Government is taking the recently published papers into account, alongside existing evidence and advice from Scottish Natural Heritage, in assessing any next steps to be taken in relation to the protection and management of mountain hares in Scotland. An announcement will be made in due course.