LYNX PLAN A STEP CLOSER

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Agenda News -

A trial rein­tro­duc­tion of Eurasian lynx in Eng­land and Scot­land has moved an­other step closer.

The Lynx UK Trust has said that it hopes to make a for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion to re­lease lynx in two lo­ca­tions in the UK in 2016.

It has drawn up a list of five can­di­date sites in Cum­bria, Northum­ber­land and Nor­folk in Eng­land, and Aberdeen­shire and Ar­gyll & Bute in Scot­land.

All re­leased lynx will be ra­dio­col­lared and mon­i­tored to see

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BBC Wildlife what im­pact they have on lo­cal deer pop­u­la­tions as well as live­stock such as sheep.

In­de­pen­dent anal­y­sis has es­ti­mated that the pres­ence of lynx in two ar­eas could be worth an ad­di­tional £66m in tourist ex­pen­di­ture and cre­ate 226 full­time jobs over a 25-year pe­riod.

If the trial goes ahead, it will be the first time that lynx have lived wild in Bri­tain – dis­count­ing un­of­fi­cial sight­ings – since the sixth or sev­enth cen­tury AD.

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