The Missing Lynx: The Who and the Why.

The Reintroduction of Lynx to Scotland is, to many, one of the most exciting and controversial possibilities in Scottish wildlife conservation. Without the “ferocious” reputation of Wolves or Bears, the enigmatic Lynx, despite being a skilled and effective hunter has done little over the years to draw attention to itself.

A shy, solitary creature the Lynx is described as perfectly suited to the habitats available in the UK.  A rare Resting Lynxbut attractive sight, it is somewhat surprising that the Lynx does not feature more heavily in the legends of old, shadowed even by the much loved and ever vilified Red Fox.

However, as with any effective predator, its presence does present a number of sociological and economic issues and the Lynx is no exception. Fortunately, the UK is not the first to contemplate such a project and there are many lessons can be learnt from the European re-introduction in terms of impact to communities and agriculture.

In order to understand the pro’s and con’s and weigh the risks against the benefits and opportunities, we first need to understand the actors involved. This is a contentious issue and there are many strong opinions fueled by history, knowledge, science, experience and ideology.

There are many websites discussing this topic, but many of them have a clearly defined position which is designed to help sway opinion.  This site aims to provide a balance of information from all parties, with the sole intention of providing an independent and unbiased information platform from which the reader can form their own opinion.  Any opinion pieces from WilderScotland will be marked as such, this is to allow us to present our thoughts and findings from collating this information.

In order to try and give a honest portrayal of each individual or group, we will begin with an introduction of each; giving an overview of who they represent, their objective and where possible a positioning statement or quote from them. Once this is complete, I will then attempt to identify key areas of common ground, confusion or conflict and align them with any scientific evidence, academic papers and official reporting to address these concerns. As species reintroduction is a developing area of conservation research, this site simply aims to collate and weigh up current opinion and media reporting against existing evidence and current events, thereby generating opportunities for proactive, open and effective discussion between all interested parties.

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