NSA highlights potential threats of Lynx rewilding
Ahead of the impending application for permission to trial the release of Eurasian lynx into the wild in this country, proposed by the Lynx Trust UK in 2015, the National Sheep Association (NSA) has launched a new report - The wider consequences of the introduction of Eurasian lynx to the UK.
The report was written in response to Lynx Trust UK claims that introduction of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) would boost rural economies and ecology and regenerate forests. NSA cearly identifies concerns around the project, including the anticipated predation on sheep. It concludes that more work needs to be done to ensure that the public are fully aware of the positive and negativeattributes of a reintroduction programme involving a predator, and the potential welfareproblems that would arise due to an unsuitable habitat.The conservation gain from a reintroductionprogramme needs to be balanced againstthe avoidance of conflict with other species, ecosystems and human interests.