Matt Ridley is right to raise the controversial issue of managing wildlife species (comment, 26th January). Conservationists across the country have learnt how to catch and kill North American mink using a special raft, designed by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, to save the water vole from extinction.
Keeping predators in check, along with good habitat, can deliver big increases in bird life too. Indeed, local recovery of some vulnerable ground nesting populations is impossible without it. This poses a real dilemma to those that say killing wildlife is wrong; even to save a species. But the case is easily made, because the protection of habitats alone has been such a comprehensive failure.
Director of Communications
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
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