Wild, or feral, goats, have been very much in the news again, with treports from down south of goats being shot by poachers.
It opens up a new field of poaching which in the past has included deer, pheasants and fish such as salmon. In all these cases there must be an illegal market that these days seems to be flourishing.
In a sense this is not surprising in a society that needs food banks for more and more people.
Gone is the idea of a wild rabbit or even wood pigeon being taken "for the pot", as venison, salmon and now goat meat are more lucrative. What one would sell goat meat as makes me wonder, but more and more people seem to be eating it, illegally or otherwise.
The latest news about the goats simply means there is a growing market for such activities. However, it seems the goats are being sold to dealers who in turn are selling them to restaurants!
There is, of course, a growing and legal market for goat meat and until recently the goats culled as part of a sensible annual cull on the Isle of Rum have been sold.
It is nanny meat of course, as most people will realise who have tasted billy goats, as I have, which can be very strong and can smell. The poachers down south do not take this in account as they have targeted the billies for one very good reason, they are bigger than the nannies.
The carcases from Rum are picked up regularly by the game merchants when picking up from the red deer cull. How easy it would be to think that poaching does not take place around here. More....