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TFN poll: do you support reintroducing lynx to Scotland?

 

Reintroducing animals lost from our native fauna is a fraught business.

After much debate and controversy, it looks like beavers – and all the invaluable, eco-engineering services they provide - are once again part of the natural scene here.

Scavengers like red kites are also now well re-established, after being blasted and poisoned to oblivion.

But if it was hard enough to make the case for beavers, it’s especially difficult when it comes to making the case for a keystone, apex predator.

This is where the needs of the natural world and those of landowners, managers and farmers clash most intensely.

Starting from the 1970s, the reintroduction of white-tailed eagles has been a big success – but it has been a lengthy process and it is still bitterly resented by some farming interests, who claim the massive raptors take lambs. It must be said here, the extent to which this happens is also hotly disputed. The birds, like all birds of prey, are also still subject to illegal persecution from gamekeeping interests.

Ingrained, unfounded fears mean it may be some time before we see wolves in Scotland again – but a case has been made for the reintroduction of the Eurasian lynx, absent now for at least 500 years.

As reported in TFN this week, charities have been working with countryside groups to try to discuss issues round the reintroduction of these big cats, to establish mutual understanding and common ground on wither side of the debate.

As we reported, there has been some progress, but actual lynx at large in Scotland are still a distant prospect.

But the message seems to be: not now, but not never.

So this is why we are asking:

Should lynx be reintroduced to Scotland? Vote now and join in the debate by leaving a comment below.

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Lok Yue
5 months ago

Relatively small amounts of Scotland are suitable for arable farming but pastoral farming, especially sheep farming, works well but its hard work. A lynx can quite happily cope with a newly born lamb and once the habit is ingrained, lambs become a staple albeit a seasonal one. Farmers work hard to make a living and giving them another problem is not just

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Jonny
5 months ago

Lynx are a keystone species, & play an important role within our foodwebs & woodland ecosystems- both of which on a National scale, are fairing badly. Britain is not & should not be exempt from coexistence with it's wildlife. The return of the lynx should be a simple case of when, not if or "should we?" Yes we should. As soon as possible.

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Steve Eade
5 months ago

The islands of Britain and Ireland are some of the most nature depleted places in Europe. There is no reason we cannot exist with larger animals that have disappeared from here. There will be challenges and need for change but we can learn from our European neighbours on how to address these.

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John
5 months ago

People supporting this probably don't live in the countryside. A new predator will kill to live and endanger anything in its area plus lambs. It's another stupid idea from the greens.