LYNX: Nature aims must be clear

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I fear that Mr Hopper does not consider the true problem of reintroducing the lynx, (Northumberland Gazette, September 1).

So far, it seems that any protection of species results in total lack of control of that species.

It is a concern that protective societies may refuse to accept responsibility if the introduction or escalation of numbers results in other fauna being damaged.

This has been seen with the badger and now, apparently, the red kite. These, I fully understand, are carnivores.

I gather that roe deer cannot live in Kielder Forest under the original planting, but the future may be different.

The local people of Northumberland who have been here for many generations will not be confused by my last letter, and they have been trying to save our flora and fauna since the 1970s.

But one cannot fix nature and leave it, one has to learn what one is trying to achieve in the environmental line.

I have been involved in SSSI’s, maintaining ponds for the British amphibians, to bog land and hedgerows, as well as fields and forests.

Also, I have, as yet, not said I am against the release of the lynx. However, I believe those who wish to accomplish this have so far made no contact with the Forestry Commissions either side of the border or the local natural history societies.

Anne Wrangham,