Further decline in Scottish Capercaillie numbers

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RF_PineMarten
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...lands-40720283

Capercaillie are a large forest grouse, found in pine woods and forestry plantations in Scotland.

Numbers are estimated at 1114 individuals, down from 1285 when the last count was done 6 years ago. Which may not look like a huge decline, but the capercaillie was already severely threatened and the population is small, so any decline is a cause for alarm.

Habitat loss (or poor habitat quality) has been blamed for the decline. Some birds are killed when they accidentally fly into deer fences. There is also the possibility that human disturbance could be having an impact as well.
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really sad black grouse seems to be going a similar way :/
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(Original post by RF_PineMarten)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...lands-40720283

Capercaillie are a large forest grouse, found in pine woods and forestry plantations in Scotland.

Numbers are estimated at 1114 individuals, down from 1285 when the last count was done 6 years ago. Which may not look like a huge decline, but the capercaillie was already severely threatened and the population is small, so any decline is a cause for alarm.

Habitat loss (or poor habitat quality) has been blamed for the decline. Some birds are killed when they accidentally fly into deer fences. There is also the possibility that human disturbance could be having an impact as well.
There is a relatively simple solution to this.

Capercaille is a game bird that is not being shot because its numbers are too low. As a result estates and gamekeepers are not putting enough resources in to safeguarding it. The Scottish government should set a target (no pun) number at which limited shooting is reintroduced and then a higher number at which unlimited (within season) shooting is allowed. Incentivise the sporting estates and the problem will go away.
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It is a fine game bird. Tastes lovely.
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