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OneKind has proposed to the Scottish Government a number of means of improving the protection given to mountain hares, including:

  1. Introduce a three-year moratorium on all mountain hare killing, as recommended by ten Scottish conservation organisations, including the RSPB and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
  2. Clarify that snaring of mountain hares is illegal given they are indiscriminate traps that do not comply with Section 41 (3) of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994. This has now been satisfactorily addressed in the recent SNH review of snaring.
  3. End all culling and driven hunting of mountain hares within Scotland’s National Parks using a Nature Conservation Order. NCOs may make illegal specified activities in specified areas and are provided for under Regulations 19 and 20 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations external site 1994 (as amended) for Natural sites.

OneKind has also liaised with the Cairngorms National Park Authority, encouraging them to use their powers to introduce greater protections for mountain hares within the Park boundaries.