'Squirrels aren't the enemy!' Countryfile faces backlash over lethal control segment

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Official Gffcontwitch said: “People who go around killing off animals and wildlife to fix country issues, have blood on their hands for life, there needs to be a better law, to cover the handling and treating of wildlife and animals, and if anyone is caught killing them, they should be jailed #countryfile”

During the episode, Tom told viewers that trees are under “sustained attack” with an estimated 2.7 million grey squirrels across the UK.

The Countryfile host added according to the Royal Forestry Society, there is no sign of the destruction caused by the animals slowing down.

Speaking to forester John Wilding, who is responsible for 1,900 hectares of mixed woodland in Devon, he gave an insight into the growing issue.



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