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Lynx in Scotland

Written by: Hamish
Published: 1st Oct 2017

lynx in scotland

Is the lynx coming back to Scotland?

The plans to reintroduce Lynx to the UK are well underway, thanks to Lynx UK Trust.

The trust recently submitted plans for a trial reintroduction in Kielder Forest, Northumberland, but have also been in contact with landowners in Argyll and Inverness-shire.

The lynx project, headed by Dr Paul O’Donoghue, enjoys strong public support and an area of 10,000 sq miles has been identified for the pilot scheme. The Trust believes this area could accommodate up to 250 lynx. The area identified stretches from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs into the West Highlands.

Most recently, the Lynx UK Trust received a massive boost when Lloyds of London agreed to insure every pet, sheep and human in the UK in the event of an attack by a lynx.

About the Lynx

The Eurasian lynx is a solitary cat which hunts in the dark. There are no reported incidents anywhere of a lynx attacking a human, and in actual fact these cats actively avoid humans.

The lynx It is the third largest predator in Europe, behind the brown bear and the wolf, and whilst it mainly feeds on deer and mountains hares, it has been known to prey on moose. It is found in new fewer than 46 countries throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East

Experts believe the lynx became extinct in the UK around 1300 years ago as a result of hunting and intensive farming processes which brought about a loss of habitat.

Description

The Eurasian lynx has a relatively short body, with long legs and large feet which allow it to tread snow incredibly well. It has very distinctive triangular ears, hooked claws and a short tail with a black tip. Its coat is spotted with long, light fur.

Size
Length: 3 foot
Weight: Up to 30kg
Lifespan: 10-15 years

 


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Written by: Hamish


Comments on this post

  • Richard MacKenzie
    03/10/17 - 21:16

    Why does anyone think it is a good idea to re-introduce another predator to the ecosystem in the UK?
    To these idiots a sheep is just any other sheep. They do not seem to realise that generations of breeding have gone into the evolution of the different commercial breeds of sheep being farmed today. I suppose the the insurance will be a based on a basic value of £X/sheep? What happens when a protected Lynx takes a farmers pedigree breeding ewe worth £2000 or a ram lamb worth £25,000. What happens if you catch a Lynx in the act of attacking one of these animals? Do you have the right to protect your animals and shoot the Lynx without being prosecuted? I can see serious problems arising from this insane idea!

    • Peter Bevis
      11/10/17 - 08:50

      Hi Richard, I certainly believe that it is a good idea to restore a balance in the environment that has not existed for many years. Man has removed the larger herbivores and the larger carnivores from Britain. This has had consequences, which may well be good for farmers, but bad for everyone else.

      In Scotland, in addition to the activities of farmers, the ecosystem has also had to contend with the pressure from gamekeepers to eradicate “vermin”. Farmers and gamekeepers would, if they had been able, have eradicated not just wolves, lynx, almost the wildcat (amongst other “successes”), but all birds of prey, foxes, stoats, polecats, pine martens, badgers, otters and practically every wild animal other than the red grouse and sheep – including most insects and a wide range of other living things that dare to impact on the profits of farmers.

      I believe that this is not good for the countryside and not good for us humans that need the planet to work. Turning the UK into just housing estates and sterile farms does not work for me. Let farmers fence their prize stock against thieves and predators. And let Lloyds insure the rest. The balance of nature must and will be restored.

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