08 June 1999
Gamekeeper slaughtered badgers Court told

THE head gamekeeper of Lord Cavendish of Furnesss estate and deer parkland slaughtered badgers in illegal snares, Kendal Magistrates Court was told.

Animal lovers found a number of trapped badgers, including one alive, in woods near the keepers cottage in the Lake District, the court was told. Other dead badgers, as well as bones, body parts and skulls, were littered around the estate hidden in crevices.

John Drummond, 32, of Grange-over-Sands, is head gamekeeper on the estate. He faces 65 charges brought under the Protection of Badgers Act and Wildlife and Countryside Act. He denies the charges.

  • The Times 08/06/99 page 3