The appetite for lynx reintroduction (our letter to The Herald)

As charities look to gauge support for the reintroduction of lynx to Scotland, there is clearly some appetite for it in some circles (New plan to introduce lynx to Scotland after 1000 years will help save forests, 20 January).

In recent years, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust has polled almost 10,000 people on both sides of the border to understand their views, with 68% in support of lynx reintroduction. If this remarkable species is given a new lease of life in Scotland, those responsible must be careful to ensure landowners and farmers do not lose out.

James Swyer, GWCT Head of Publications

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at 12:36 on 25/01/2021 by Hamish Lochore

Totally endorse WBW,s letter. They will not take a fully grown Red deer but may kill the odd calf. There were two escapees with in the last couple of years; one in Devon and one in North Wales. One was darted and returned to the park the other was shot. Both caused havoc among sheep within minutes of getting out. Why cant the urban dwellers see that this is farmers livelyhood. The other question that is never answered is if they are such shy animals (like the Pine martin) how many of the "public" will ever see them and do we more masses roaming across our properties in the vague chance they may see one


at 17:19 on 24/01/2021 by Edward Hurst

Subject to appropriate location and trials their reintroduction would be very acceptable and welcome. 🙂🍃

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at 18:12 on 22/01/2021 by Casper Horton-Kitchlew

Lynx are forest animals I believe. Should help to control the deer population since reliance on stalking has proven unsuccessful. Can't imagine there's many sheep grazing in the woods, especially if they release lynx in the right area.


at 11:24 on 22/01/2021 by WBW

There is no place for these cats in Britain. The country is a far different place than it was when they roamed freely. To suggest that they will harness the expanding deer population is ridiculous. Sheep are a far easier animal to catch, farmers will not be so delighted at that. Keepers have enough to contend with in all the protected mammals and birds, without adding yet another predator to the list. Leave it where it is.... Consigned to history.

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