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POLL: Would people in the Scottish Highlands like to see the lynx return?

By Louise Glen

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European Lynx (Lynx lynx) adult female in winter birch forest, Bardu, Norway (c)
European Lynx (Lynx lynx) adult female in winter birch forest, Bardu, Norway (c)

A consultation on the reintroduction of lynx into part of Scotland has been launched.

Organisers of the year-long consultation say the big cat's reintroduction will have less to do with the animal itself and more to do with the people's perception.

A study to assess people’s views about the possible reintroduction of Eurasian lynx to Scotland is being launched by a group of charities.

The project’s partners said ecological research has shown that extensive areas of Scotland could support lynx, while the animals could bring environmental benefits and help with managing deer populations.

A new partnership of the charities Scotland: The Big Picture, Trees for Life and Vincent Wildlife Trust is launching a year-long Lynx to Scotland consultation to assess public and stakeholder attitudes around the idea of lynx reintroduction, including in rural communities.

The charities said returning the shy and elusive animal to Scotland is less about science and more about people’s willingness to live alongside the species.

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