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Deer dies from fishing net snare on Lochinver beach


By Mike Merritt


The deer would have had an 'agonising death'.
The deer would have had an 'agonising death'.

A DEER has suffered an “agonising death” after being snared by a discarded fishing net on a Sutherland beach.

Environmentalists this week said the shocking image illustrated the problem of plastic in the marine environment.

The deer skull with net on its antlers was found by a woman on a beach-clean near Lochinver.

“It is another example of the effects of discarded marine rubbish on our wildlife,” said Noel Hawkins, communities manager with Scottish Wildlife Trust - Living Seas. “This deer skull was found just north of Lochinver on one of the beaches which this lady cleans.

“Sadly, entangled antlers led to this deer dying a slow horrible death. We see quite a lot, affecting such as whales, seals, birds and even livestock.

“It must have suffered a slow agonising death. Please help stop this, ideally by stopping rubbish reaching our seas in the first place but also by helping beach-clean, either individually doing what you can or helping a local group, or even setting one up if one doesn’t exist already.

“There is no way of knowing if the netting had come from overseas or just around the corner.

“Once plastic is in the marine environment it doesn’t go away.”

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