Chinese Water Deer have always fascinated me and particularly from a conservation point of view.
In many of the members lifetimes some species have become extinct, even more have declined in their country of origin to the point that they are 'threatened'.
CWD is a threatened species.
Some sources say that Britain may now have more CWD than China. In China it is listed as a 'threatened' species but in Korea it seems to be holding in there.
Current population estimates in Britain are around 9000 deer. That's really not a lot.
I understand that deer numbers need to be controlled. But; given that Britain is an important stakeholder in the conservation of this species, my question is,
Should we ban trophy hunting of CWD and have monitored control to maintain current levels?