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WILD­CATS could re­turn to Eng­land for the first time in 300 years.

A con­ser­va­tion group called Wild­cat Haven wants to im­port wild­cats from Europe and re­lease them in Gal­loway in Scot­land. The group hopes that they’d then grad­u­ally spread out across the bor­der into Northum­bria and Cum­bria.

There are thought to be just 35 Scot­tish wild­cats left. Habi­tat loss and hunt­ing have been blamed for their de­cline.

Paul O’Donoghue from Wild­cat Haven says he has no doubt that the wild­cats would be able to sur­vive in the forests and wouldn’t pose any risks to farm­ers’ live­stock.

Gre­sham House Forestry, which owns a large amount of land in the area, has sup­ported the plans. Re­search is now be­ing do­ing in Gal­loway For­est to pre­pare for the wild­cats’ re­lease.

Wild­cats look sim­i­lar to the cats we keep as pets, just a tad big­ger!

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