from Sunday Herald, 16 February 2014
A letter published in The Scottish Farmer last week from Donnie Ross of Leault in Kincraig, near Aviemore, argued that sea eagles should be killed off because they preyed on lambs. “Nothing short of complete eradication will do, and it is the same for the pine marten - both should be absolutely destroyed,” he wrote.
Ross’s outburst was recommended on the social media website, Facebook, by George Macdonald, the training and education officer for the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA). “More people need to speak out,” he said. “Mr Ross of Leault is absolutely correct with his observations.”
Sea eagles and pine martens are rare and legally protected species. But they both prey on a wide variety of animals, and have been blamed by gamekeepers for taking game birds like grouse that could be shot for sport.