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Pine Marten still on protected list

Asked a local ranger about the status of the pine marten on Monday,he told me they are very much on the protected list!
A lot of people have told me in the past week they were taken off it in January then a local "ECO WARRIOR"(lol!)told me otherwise !
Well I'm dubious by nature so I asked the local ranger I mean he of all people should know eh??

Soulboy
Friday, April 15th, 2016

no there still protected

FERRET
Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Well there's a post answer on here said they were not?Ferret wot u tink of that?

Soulboy
Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Ferret is right they are protected and will be for a long time yet i reckon

Richiedel123
Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Would you actually believe what they say on here lol.

noelc
Saturday, April 16th, 2016

I dont know how true it is but im told they are trying to release them in parts of donegal

p doc
Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Sorry soulboy I heard on the radio they were off the list last week but it was some councillors were asking to get them off the list and that some lad had been approved a licence to cull them on his property..

Glinnanejnr
Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Ah!No bother I wasn't having a go glinnanejr? I didn't say your name mate I'm not like that!Noelc no I don't believe anything I'm told here or any where I'm dubious by nature so I check out anything I feel might not sit right ,that being said found a lot of good sorts on here !

Soulboy
Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Oh no your grand.. It was good you put it up.. Let's people know.. But I have noticed a serious rise in numbers of pine martens around the midlands of late.. I'm sure there are a few people here who if found one in a fox or mink trap they wouldn't be too reluctant to let it go again..

Glinnanejnr
Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Here in East Galway there numbers have increased alot in the last 5 years . Iv had them caught in fix traps and mink traps over the years. And one of them that got in just killed everything in sight.. Would not wish them on any poultry person just as bad as any mink..

noelc
Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Here in East Galway there numbers have increased alot in the last 5 years . Iv had them caught in fox traps and mink traps over the years. And one of them that got in just killed everything in sight.. Would not wish them on any poultry person just as bad as any mink..

noelc
Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Sorry for repeating my self.. Lol

noelc
Sunday, April 17th, 2016

one things for sure they savage killers of pheasants in holding pens or fowl, ive seen the devastation, after a nights killing, i personly dont have much time for them, i live near a large wood and i see them every day, i do wish they were culled but not holding my breath

FERRET
Sunday, April 17th, 2016

i only seen 3 dead on the main rd during the week the 3 were less than quater a mile apart, god help them people in donegal if they seen what we picked out from a realease pen 114 dead poults in a single nite, 79 adult birds another nite , believe me ye dont want em their savage to kill

FERRET
Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Too true ferret,mine have "dissapeared??"this week!

Soulboy
Monday, April 18th, 2016

On the way home from work earlier[1am shift work] 1st i came across 3 good sized fox cubs along the side of the road by a small plantation,these could by the look of them hunt for themselves as they were a good size,definatly could do harm if they got in at fowl anyway got to the end of that particular road and just as i was turning right at a croosroads a pinemartin shot across the road right in front of me and a right good sized 1 he was,big as a good cat.They seem to be geting more plentiful by the year sand will soon be in pest propotions only at the wknd a chap told me that his young daughter had a hutch in the garden with 3 rabbits and when both her and her Ma went out the other eve to feed them a pinemartin was doing its best to get in at them and only moved when the Lady started throwing the carrots at it that she was going to feed to the rabbits,he has since moved the hutch into the garage where he can shut the door and they will be safe,the annoying thing is they only live about 400yds from me and a lot of my fowl are on strings.

rebelman
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Was speaking to a friend earlier on the phone and he was saying his brother heard his geese kicking up a terrible racket last night so rushed out with lamp in hand to find them trying to fend off a pine martin and doing a good job of it.He had a stick with him and ran at the pine martin which got in the hedge and disapeared,very worried about his fown now as he also has chickens and ducks.He was also saying that he had heard of a woman in his area that was doing some sort of survey on pine martin.She was using a pipe of some discription placed on a tree in a area pine martin are common and some sort of glue type substance in the pipe.The glue collects the fur of the pine martin and they then do dna tests on the fur,whether its truth or not he does'nt know but was told by a reliable source.

rebelman
Monday, April 25th, 2016

What is the reason that they are protected - do they do any good? , certainly anyone trying to keep fowl can see no need to protect the dam things

polishbantams
Sunday, March 11th, 2018

They are actually helping bring the native red squirrel population back up as they are predators who kill squirrels but the red squirrel can get out further on branches than the heavier grey ones when been chased by the pine marten

Glinnanejnr
Sunday, March 11th, 2018

What's more, the Irish Wildlife Trust have now discovered that the Irish Pine martin is practically vegetarian. lol, Or so they say.

No doubt they are a beautiful animal, and an amazing predator. They take both red and grey squirrel. Often on the ground as well as in the tree's. It may well be true, that they have more success with cathing grey's, but I haven't seen or heard of any real proof.

Suppose to be Irelands rarest animal. Here in the Midlands, they are as common as muck.

Will they ever be taken off the protected list? Not a chance!

nedzer
Monday, March 12th, 2018


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