Given the extent to which excessive hunting devastated the population of American buffalo during the 19th century, it's understandable that conservationists would treat the targeting of a specific animal with suspicion.
But when they do, they rarely do so unopposed. And while it's certainly difficult to defend the excesses of settlers in their pursuit of the buffalo, opponents to special protections to certain animals counter-argue that there's an important reason why hunting takes place.
But while the nature and credibility of their defenses vary from case to case, it seems that they're not always enough to convince authorities.
At least, that's what a recent policy by the Scottish government suggests.