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  Uist hedgehog cull is over - for now
Updated 24 May 2003, 12.32
Hedgehog
After six weeks, the hedgehog cull on the Scottish island of Uist is over for this year.

The hog hunters from Scottish National Heritage (SNH) managed to kill 66 hedgehogs altogether.

On Friday night, they captured eight at a well-known hog hotspot, which was a record for one night.

Munchers

Fact File
Hedgehog facts
Have 2-6 babies at once
Hibernate in sheds and compost heaps
Can live to 5-6 years
Can walk for two miles for food
Good swimmers and climbers

Animal rights campaigners have been trying to stop the SNH culling the animals.

But experts say they need to get rid of 5,000 of the creatures to protect rare wading birds on the island because the hogs are munching on their eggs.

Wildlife protection groups say the whole thing has been a waste of money. They say they have saved 140 of the animals so far and have taken them to new homes off the island.

Babies

The cull has stopped for the time being because lots of baby hedgehogs are due to be born soon.

The SNH don't want them left orphaned.

During the rest of the year, two members of the culling project will stay on the island to study the hogs, their habits, and the birds.

Then next year, the SNH will think about whether to start the cull again and extend it to neighbouring islands.

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