LYNX: Debate is vital for farming

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Your reader from Amble seems to have got in a muddle about my letter regarding the release of lynx, (Northumberland Gazette, October 13).

I was just commenting on a meeting in Kielder regarding the release of that wild animal.

I am still not sure whether I am for or against that proposition, but feel that it is essential, where such a case is made, that any release should be subject to controls of protection, as it should be in all cases of protection of species.

I indicated where attempts at control of excess of animals showed in cases like the badger, and the red kite where protection has been successful.

Control is already in place with regard to the release of the lynx in Norway, where annual shoots now take place, as the numbers of animals increased and lynx became a problem for sheep slaughter.

Your reader must understand that so far no representations of the Lynx Society have been made to Northumberland Natural History Society, or to the English Forestry Commission, and until that happens and permission is sought for a licence there is no issue.

However, I feel it is essential for the farming people of Northumberland to know there is a debate here.

Anne Wrangham,

Alnwick