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Wolf bid estate's licence renewed

Alladale Estate has proposed introducing wolves to a secure area

An estate behind plans to introduce wolves has had its licence to keep 17 wild boar and two European elk renewed.

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross licensing committee unanimously approved the application from Alladale Estate, at Ardgay in Sutherland.

Highland Council's local access officer had warned of concerns from hill walkers that the animals' enclosures limited the right-to-roam at Alladale.

The estate proposes creating a reserve of species once native to the UK.

Under the plan is the introduction of four wolves into a secure area.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland, which has concerns about access at Alladale, said the committee's decision was disappointing.

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