I was reading about the white roebuck in the daily Mail on Monday which has been spotted just outside Kirkconnel in Dumfrieshire and was interested in the fact that the lease holder of the ground had said he wasn`t going to shoot the beast as it was so rare. Apparently Kevin Stuart, the stalker on the ground has been offered £5400 from a German client to shoot it. But he has said he doesn`t want to and would rather "protect it", fair enough, i think.
This got me thinking, if the white yearling roebuck was on your ground, would you sell it for £5,400?
Here`s a couple of things i would be thinking about if it were on any ground i had. Firstly, as with all these white animals that appear every now and again, once they have been put out into the media, this is a death sentence as they all seem to get shot, usually by poachers. Remember the pair of white fox cubs a few years ago?
I think that i may be tempted and here is why, first of all it`s a yearling which won`t be holding a territory and so will soon be ousted by a more mature buck. So, there is every possibility that it will get pushed from Mr Stuarts ground and onto someone elses whom might not be so caring, and as it will stand out like a sore p**** evey poacher in Scotland will be on the lookout, so to me it`s just a matter of time before it`s killed anyway, which is a shame.
So, what would you do, would you be tempted, if so, why and if not, why not?.
Just my thoughts.