Springwatch presenter Chris Packham backs return of the lynx to Britain

A lynx

Chris Packham

First published in Southampton

HAMPSHIRE wildlife expert Chris Packham has backed calls to reintroduce lynx back into the British countryside.

The presenter said that bringing back lynx, above, would help control the soaring number of deer.

Lynx were wiped out in this country from AD 300 following a campaign led by farmers.

But now a group of wildlife experts want to bring them back to parts of Scotland.

And that is a move that has the support of TV’s Springwatch presenter Chris, from Southampton.

He said: “There are 360,000 roe deer in Scotland at the moment, munching their way through some of the best habitat we have got in the country because we haven’t got a top-of-the-food chain predator.

“Lynx would eat a few sheep but we could compensate the farmers.

“It would be marvellous but public perception is stopping it. As soon as the reintroduction of predators is talked about, people get the idea lynx will be eating children in shopping precincts, which is utterly ridiculous.”

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4:45pm Mon 3 Jun 13

southy says...

Not a good idea Chris Lynxs in europe which is the closes type to the british lynx (british lynxs were smaller than european lynx whitch are smaller than the north american lynx) have been known to attack children.
Not a good idea Chris Lynxs in europe which is the closes type to the british lynx (british lynxs were smaller than european lynx whitch are smaller than the north american lynx) have been known to attack children. southy
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7:26pm Mon 3 Jun 13

memush says...

What next may as well bring back tigers. another stupid idea from so called experts.
What next may as well bring back tigers. another stupid idea from so called experts. memush
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12:35am Tue 4 Jun 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

southy wrote:
Not a good idea Chris Lynxs in europe which is the closes type to the british lynx (british lynxs were smaller than european lynx whitch are smaller than the north american lynx) have been known to attack children.
The British Lynx was just a variant of the Eurasian Lynx that was native here, also it's unlikely that a Lynx would wander into an urban environment to be able to attack people due to the noise and stuff and the fact that they prefer dense woodland and open, temperate grassland, also you are wrong about them being smaller than the North American Lynx, the Eurasian Lynx is in fact the LARGEST of the 4 main species of Lynx.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Not a good idea Chris Lynxs in europe which is the closes type to the british lynx (british lynxs were smaller than european lynx whitch are smaller than the north american lynx) have been known to attack children.[/p][/quote]The British Lynx was just a variant of the Eurasian Lynx that was native here, also it's unlikely that a Lynx would wander into an urban environment to be able to attack people due to the noise and stuff and the fact that they prefer dense woodland and open, temperate grassland, also you are wrong about them being smaller than the North American Lynx, the Eurasian Lynx is in fact the LARGEST of the 4 main species of Lynx. Ginger_cyclist
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