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LYNX EFFECT; Pilot scheme could see 250 of the once extinct animal back among Scots wildlife.

Byline: KEITH MCLEOD k.mcleod@dailyrecord.co.uk

THE Eurasian Lynx could be back in the wild just 30 miles from Glasgow 1300 years after becoming extinct in the UK.

For the past year, Lynx UK Trust have been in discussions with landowners about a trial reintroduction of lynx in Argyll and Inverness-shire.

About 10,000 sq miles of land has been identified for the proposed pilot, which Lynx UK Trust say could "comfortably be home for 250 lynx".

The area would stretch from Loch Lomond into the West Highlands.

The plan has been opposed by some who fear the cats would attack livestock.

REINTRODUCED The Eurasian Lynx But the trust said Lynx could bring benefits to the ecology of the areas by controlling deer populations.

Dr Paul O'Donoghue, of Lynx UK Trust, said: "This is a classic example of the negative impacts that come with removing species like the lynx from an ecosystem." He added Lynx keep deer herds moving through forests, spreading their browsing sustainably.

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Date:Aug 10, 2017
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