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Snare law reminder

APPLICATIONS FOR Scotland's new snaring identification scheme have been low so far – prompting a reminder to gamekeepers and land managers that they must either register by April 1 this year, or stop using snares.

Landowners' body Scottish Land and Estates this week urged its members to apply to their local police force for their own snare ID number, and stressed that affixing this number to every snare set would be a legal requirement as iof the April deadline.

"If you employ gamekeepers or other staff to set snares then you should encourage them to apply at their earliest opportunity and not leave it to the last minute," said an SLaE spokesman.

All police stations across Scotland, with the exception of some in the Grampian area, should now be in a position to accept applications for a snaring identification number.

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