Madam, – We were disappointed to read your article ‘Fears of ‘beaver fever’ in east Perthshire river’, (Courier, January 30).
Scotland's wildlife watchdog has been urged to take action after a Tayside river worker - and his dog - fell ill with a suspected case of so-called Beaver Fever.
Signs of beaver populations have been seen close to Perth city centre for what appears to be the first time.
Wildlife charities have called on the First Minister to act to give beavers in Scotland legal protected status and prevent unregulated culling.
A tree seemingly gnawed by beavers has come crashing down onto a busy Perthshire road.
Sir, – It is claimed that 83% of Scots favour the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland’s rural areas (“Scots back return of beavers in government consultation”, Courier, October 18).
Farmers and land managers are working with the government to identify new ways of controlling growing beaver populations in Tayside.
The Scottish Government is facing growing pressure to give protection to wild beavers, amid claims of "systematic shootings" by landowners in Tayside.
Tayside farmers are warning that the damage being caused by illegally-released beavers is about to take a serious toll on public resources.
An social worker, whose behaviour placed vulnerable children at risk of harm on numerous occasions, has been struck from the Scottish Social Services Council’s register for social workers.