Below is a BASC statement, which can also be seen on the BASC website:
BASC statement on the Exmoor deer.
BASC has been dealing with enquiries for the past 24 hours. Our position is as follows:
*The death of an iconic animal always gives a moment for reflection however the Exmoor stag was not the largest wild animal in Britain. The average weight of a red stag in the woods in lowland Britain is 400 lbs. In some areasthey can reach 600lbs plus.
*BASC supports sound deer management plans which take into account the size and fitness of the deer herdin relation to the nature of the ground they occupy.
*It is unclear whether the Exmoor stag was shot as part of an overall deer management plan however he had reached a good age and may simply have become too big and too old for the area which he occupied.
*As long as the shooting was done in line with such a management plan then it is not out of the ordinary and would have been carried out for the good of the herd.
In the past 24 hours, BASC has dealt with a number of news outlets.
South West regional director Jamie Stewart was on the BBC’s 6 O’Clock and 10 O’Clock news and BBC News 24. A clip can be seen, about 22 minutes in, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...ix_26_10_2010/
Gamekeeping officer Glynn Evans spoke to The Guardian. His piece can be read here - http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...-of-deer-culls
We have also spoken to The Daily Telegraph, BBC Radio, BBC Scotland and the Western Morning News.
Head of Press