Deer invasion could trigger major cull in village

Growing concerns for public health in the Highland village of Lochinver, where deer roam freely.

A friendly invasion of deer could trigger a major cull in the Highlands.

Lochinver is seeking an urgent solution to regular visits by a growing herd across the village.

While loved by many, there are growing concerns for public health, with residents having reported damaged cars and gardens.

Some villagers feed them and the amount of poaching has decreased, which means the deer are relaxed and appear in big numbers.

But many say they’ve been chased by deer and there’s growing concern about the risk of Lyme disease from ticks carried by the animals.

Assynt Community Council is demanding action, with a cull one option being considered.

Phil Jones, from the council, said: “We see deer feeding in the play park and using it as a toilet, then see children play there after, which isn’t great.

“There’s also a problem with ticks. The infestation has increased.”

The West Sutherland Deer Management Group has offered its expertise to find a solution, but said: “Lochinver needs as many attractions as it can get … and deer are a significant tourist attraction.”

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