The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has expressed strong opposition to proposals to introduce lynx to the wild in Scotland. An organisation called the Lynx UK Trust based in Cumbria is applying to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) for what it describes as a re-introduction, although the species has been extinct in Scotland for 1,500 years. In a consultation paper issued this week, the trust sets out plans to let the animals loose over a large number of sites in Scotland including a number in the Highlands. The paper says that the prey of the lynx is mainly “small ungulates” like roe deer, but that each adult lynx will consume “0.4 sheep per year”.

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Article by SCF

5 November 2015

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