Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (184)

Tony Gregory

Question:

183 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the numbers and so on of all deer released and not recaptured as per condition two of the licence for the Ward Union Hunt for each year 1999-2003. [6463/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

My Department is responsible for issuing an annual licence to the Ward Union Hunt Club under section 26(1)(ii) of the Wildlife Act 1976, as amended. One of the conditions attached to the licence in recent years requires that "the Ward Union Hunt Club shall inform the Minister of the number and sex of all deer released and not recaptured together with an indication of where such deer were last sighted".

The following figures on deer releases were received from the Ward Union Hunt Club for the period requested — a havier is a castrated male deer:

Season

Sex

Total Number

1998/1999

8 Stag & 2 Havier

10 Deer

1999/2000

7 Stag & 3 Havier

10 Deer

2000/2001

9 Stag & 4 Havier

13 Deer

2001/2002

8 Stag & 1 Havier

9 Deer

2002/2003

16 Stag

16 Deer

Question No. 184 answered with QuestionNo. 173.