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  Scottish deer population 'getting too big'
Updated 23 September 2003, 17.59
The report says the red deer population has trebled
Scotland's deer population is growing out of control, a report has warned.

There are three types of deer in the country - red, sika and roe.

Scotland's deer population is growing out of control, a report says

Their numbers are increasing, with the red deer population getting three times bigger.

The report says the deer are becoming pests.

They're eating too much, ruining crops and woodlands.

They're also wandering on to the roads, causing accidents.

Culling

The report - by conservation groups the WWF and the Royal Society For The Protection Of Birds - has led to calls to control the deer population.

This could include culling, which involves killing some of them off.

But not everyone agrees that culling is the answer.

So, there will be no changes until more research is carried out.



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