Report from Chris Smith
May I congratulate Kirkcudbright Wildlife Park for allowing one of its lynx to escape. It is to be hoped a potential mate may follow its example and go on to found a native population in Scotland once again.
Noble and beautiful animals, absent from this country for a few hundred years as a result of over-hunting, lynx feed on rabbits and small mammals and present no danger to the public. Their presence in the wild would enhance our countryside as well as providing a boost to the rural economy with vast numbers of holidaymakers drawn to Scotland as a really wild destination.
A number of our European neighbours have successfully reintroduced the lynx. What a tragedy it would be if the best our authorities can do is to resort to a police marksman.
Scotsman, 5 th December 2002
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