Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thousands of Deer Starve to Death as Cold Snap Goes On

They just don't get it, do they?

Despite one of the coldest winters recorded in the Northern Hemisphere the AGW pushers and their stooges are still pedaling their tired old lies ignoring facts like the report that follows from NEWS

"THOUSANDS of deer are feared to be starving to death on Scotland's hills because of the harsh winter.The Deer Commission for Scotland says it expects "substantial" deaths by the spring, and estate owners are predicting their worst losses in more than a decade.

The number of red deer alone has almost trebled to 400,000 since the mid-1960s, leading to more competition for food. There are also more than 400,000 roe deer and 40,000 sika deer.

Robbie Kernahan, director of the Deer Commission for Scotland, said: "The commission is very concerned about the current situation, especially if we get a wet spring, which will compound the problem. This winter has been exceptional and access to forage has been a major problem. We are expecting substantial losses.

"It is important that estates continue to cull the weakest animals – but getting to them has been a problem. Shooting virtually stopped in January. There are concerns that estates will not be able to meet cull targets and that the stalking economy will be badly affected too."

Donald Fraser, the commission's deer officer for the North-east, said it was the worst conditions for deer for at least a decade. "Unless there is a thaw soon there will be a significant number of natural mortalities," he said. Mr Fraser said red and roe deer were particularly at risk as they could not reach their food of grass and heather, buried under several feet of snow and ice.

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