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Petition Make mountain hares a protected species in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

The conservation status of UK mountain hares, a native species, is currently unfavourable. We urge the Government to amend legislation to provide an equivalent level of protection for mountain hares in England & Wales to that conferred on more abundant Scottish mountain hares.

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Mountain hares, a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species, exist in England as a highly vulnerable, very small and isolated population in the Peak District. Current legal protection is wholly inadequate and fails to protect against factors which contribute to significant population decline, such as over-shooting, snaring, trapping, hunting & coursing. Continued unregulated human activity in conjunction with environmental factors could prove catastrophic to this population.

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