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Deer management - economic asset or not?

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The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) has published a report looking at the economic impact of deer management on rural economies. The report suggests that reducing deer numbers to support forestry projects could have a serious detrimental affect on economic stability in fragile rural areas.  Based on a three year study in Sutherland, it suggests that deer management on ten estates supports 112 full-time jobs.  However, environmentalist George Monbiot, writing on the Guardian's website, has highlighted this as an exceptionally low level of employment.  Monbiot's article suggests that the report writers are 'apologists for landed power' and names both Assynt and Eigg as alternative approaches to land management.

You can read a press release about the SGA paper here and read George Monbiot's response here

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