Farmers Concerned over Reintroduction of Eurasian Lynx

Posted by Tori Holmes
Eurasian Lynx

Farmers in the UK are worried about the threat the lynx may pose to their livestock.

The Lynx UK Trust has submitted an application to Natural England for permission to reintroduce the medium-sized wild cats into Kielder Forest in Northumberland.

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If permission is granted, six Eurasian lynx (four females and two males) will be reintroduced in the Kielder Forest region for a five-year period, wearing satellite collars to monitor their movements.

While the Trust says that the Eurasia lynx poses a minimal threat to sheep, they do understand where the farmers are coming from. This is why they have pledged to establish something called the sheep welfare program if they get permission to release the lynx.

Through this welfare program, farmers will receive grants to buy fencing, outbuildings for lambing, and guard llamas.

Llamas are known as guardian animals, protecting those they live with. They have been successful in protecting sheep by warding off foxes in the Scottish Highlands and dogs and coyotes on American farms.

In addition to these grants, the Trust has promised to compensate farmers for any sheep lost due to the lynx.

Despite this, the National Farmers Union is still concerned about the negative impact introducing the lynx may have on the local wildlife and biodiversity, in addition to their own flocks.

Natural England is in the process of deciding whether or not the lynx will be reintroduced.

Do you think the lynx should be reintroduced? Let us know in the comments!

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Farmers Concerned over Reintroduction of Eurasian Lynx