LYNX PLAN A STEP CLOSER
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
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.