All species of wild deer are free-ranging wild animals belonging to no-one whilst alive. As a keystone species, they play a crucial role in the Scottish landscape, its biodiversity, culture and economy. However, since different interest groups favour different levels of deer population, they also give rise to controversy. The challenge is to find an effective means of agreeing appropriate population levels in each area, and ensuring that agreed levels are then achieved.
This paper from LINKs Deer Taskforce lays out the case for stronger deer management planning.