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Snaring clampdown

FARMERS, crofters, gamekeepers, and greenkeepers who use snares as a means of pest and predator control have until April next year to complete a government-approved training course and register themselves as an approved operator with their local police.

Once trained and registered, every snare they set must be tagged with their own personal ID number – and anyone setting a snare without such a number could face a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment, a fine of up to £5000, or both.

Scottish Gamekeepers Association chairman Alex Hogg added: "As one of the Scottish Government approved training bodies, the SGA has been running training courses since 2010 to ensure those, such as gamekeepers, ghillies, stalkers and wildlife managers, who use snares for legitimate and legal predator control, do so responsibly. "The cost of these training courses is normally between £40 and £48 per person, but in partnership with the SGA and Central Scotland Police, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority is holding two free training events for land managers operating within the National Park, on December 11 at Gartocharn, and Decembr 12 at Ardlui."

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