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US big game hunter who boasted of gunning down goats and stags on Scottish island faces criminal charges

In Scotland, it is legal to hunt red stags between July 1 and October 20. Wild goats and sheep have no legal protections under Scottish law and are often included by companies offering hunt parties.

DANYAL HUSSAIN: ‘An American big-game hunter who boasted of gunning down local animals while visiting a Scottish island is now facing criminal charges. Larysa Switlyk, 33, ‘a world-renowned hunter’ from Sarasota, Florida, was accused of ‘trophy hunting’ wild animals on the island of Islay, Scotland in September after she posed for a series of Instagram photos during the hunt. Now, Police Scotland have confirmed that the hunter, who regularly posts photos of her hunts alongside her boyfriend Jason, has been reported for firearms offences, along with a 41-year-old man also from the US.

While she was pictured with slain goats, stags and sheep on Islay, hunting animals in season is not illegal in Scotland and she is facing a charge under Section 11a of the Firearms Act, which relates to how you can use borrowed shotguns legally… In one Instagram picture, blonde television presenter Ms Switlyk, dressed in camouflage gear, knelt beside the corpse of a goat while another shot saw her posing ‘in sniper mode’ and lying in the long grass while pointing a gun into the distance…

The photos of the bloody hunts sparked outrage in Scotland, with one MSP warning he would be looking into whether the hunts were organised by an official group. In Scotland, it is legal to hunt red stags between July 1 and October 20, provided hunters use firearms, have a licence for their weapons and have the permission of the landowner. Wild goats and sheep have no legal protections under Scottish law and are often included by companies offering hunt parties’. SOURCE…

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