The divided opinion on - Pine Martins is the subject of a meeting in Portlaoise this week.
The Laois Offaly Wildlife Trust is hosting the meeting.
“We have a great talk lined up this month focusing on Pine Martens, presented by Ruth Hanniffy of Vincent Wildife Trust.
“Come along and hear all about this once rare species that has found itself in the headlines facing all sorts of allegations,” said Ricky Whelan of the Laois Offaly branch..
This cat sized, nocturnal, carnivore has an interesting story and lifestyle.
The animal hit the headlines in August after farmers in Longford feared pine martens wouldl attack and kill their sheep and lambs this winter as locals say the species is getting "out of control".
The pine marten is a protected species.
A population survey is currently underway by researchers at Waterford IT funded by Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Results are expected in November.
All are welcome to the free event which takes place in in Kavangh's Bar (upstairs), Main St., Portlaoise on Wednesday, September 21 at 8pm.