Urban deer guidance rolled out

New guidelines have been issued to get to grips with the growing deer population in urban Scotland.

The Scottish Government said that more and more Roe deer are moving into towns and cities so guidance has been designed to address issues such as road accidents and poaching.

Ministers said that the growing deer population left land owners facing challenges and people living locally facing potential problems.

Environment minister Stewart Stevenson unveiled the guidance in Easterhouse, Glasgow.

He said: "Deer management is traditionally seen as something which affects Highland Scotland. But this is changing and roe deer are now an increasingly common sight in urban areas, which is why this is now an issue in Easterhouse and other towns and cities.

"This brings challenges in managing the deer population, both to protect the deer and to prevent road accidents and damage to property or gardens."

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