Toll of the pine marten
Sir - Until recently I had three cats, neutered and well cared for. One by one, they mysteriously disappeared. I was puzzled until one night at dusk we saw a pine marten in our shed - mystery solved.
In the forest in our area the population of squirrels had increased, and they were damaging the barks of trees. The forestry department, in all their wisdom, decided to replace pine martens in order to keep down the number of squirrels.
Unfortunately, they forgot to tell the pine martens to stay in the forest. A neighbour who has kept poultry for more than 30 years, lost her hens, all 20 of them. A farmer had to house his sheep because Mr PM was eating the tongues of newborn lambs - yuck!