LYNX: Squirrels will be breakfast

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I read your article about the proposed release of the lynx in the borders, (Northumberland Gazette, August 4).

I was very dismayed. Initially I thought it might be interesting, but the longer the idea went through my mind the more ridiculous the scheme is.

Firstly, we have been for the last 40 years trying to preserve the red squirrel in the border country as it has been lost from the south of England.

Some years ago, the goshawk was released in the Kielder forest without consulting us. That bird likes red squirrel for breakfast and very quickly spread throughout the county. The red squirrel has survived that.

However, the lynx is a major hunter and climbs trees. It likes roe deer for breakfast, but if short, any small mammal will do.

How safe would the young be in the nest if there was a very late spring like this year?

The lynx disappeared about 600AD to 800AD so it has been out of England for over a millennium.

Whenever an unusual animal is identified it is protected and I have no doubt that this cat would be too.

We have enough trouble with the overpopulation now of the badger and, while it might make the lynx’s breakfast, I wouldn’t care to rely on it to restrict the population.

I would suggest that if the Lynx UK Trust has too many animals in captivity now it looks to release them on some remote island after carefully checking the other species there.

Anne Wrangham,