WILDFOWLERS were told today by leading figures at Moray Council that the current situation regarding geese shooting at Findhorn Bay cannot continue.
In the lead-up to the new season which began last Friday, a total of 42 meetings took place to try broker a voluntary code of conduct governing shooting around the nature reserve.
The meetings were set up in the face of strong opposition to the killing from parts of the community.
However, some hunters have already publicly vowed they will not comply with the code’s measures, which include shooting permits and restricted hours.
Speaking at today’s local authority’s economic development committee, council leader George Alexander expressed the hope they would change their minds.
However, he warned: "If anyone thinks that the status quo is going to continue as it had done for decades they are very much mistaken."
Read the full story in Friday’s print edition of The Northern Scot.