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New bid to renew access to mountain

Posted 28 January 2010
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New bid to renew access to mountain
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A development which would see a Sutherland estate owner keep elk, wild boar, brown bears, wildcats, lynx, wolves and bison on his land has been met with opposition from a mountaineering group and a local authority.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland noted that the Alladale estate, situated to the west of Ardgay, is located in an "important mountaineering area" and those who use their hiking equipment on the ridge could be denied access to mountainous country by the proposed wilderness reserve.

Paul Lister, the owner of the estate, now faces a right-to-roam objection to the continued presence of elk and wild boar already on his land.

Matt Dent, Sutherland access officer for Highland Council, noted his objection to renewing the estate's licence.

However, the council's environmental health manager has recommended that the permit be renewed.

Highland Council is to consider the renewal for the Alladale Wilderness Reserve on February 1st.

An application for a licence for the proposed Alladale Zoo was submitted on January 10th, with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland opposing this.

Posted by Brandon Egley