Grouse shooting estate admits ‘legally controlling’ cats to protect game birds


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ne of the UK’s top grouse shooting estates has sparked fury after admitting it “legally” kills cats which stray onto its moors, in order to protect the game birds reared there.

The 13,500 acre Bolton Abbey Estate, near Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales, said it “legally controls foxes and feral cats”, after a visitor found and photographed a dead cat and fox in an area of the moor containing several snares.

Paul Carman found the dead animals shortly after his girlfriend became entangled in one of the snares while the pair were out running on the moor.

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