National Sheep Association tackles Scottish Lynx release plan

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The National Sheep Association Scottish region is criticising the Lynx UK Trust following the launch of its consultation on the reintroduction of Lynx in central Scotland while carrying out an ecological feasibility study and meeting with senior officials at Scottish Natural Heritage.

The trust has been denied licences to release the Eurasian Lynx, an apex predator, into the British countryside in the past, and NSAS is once again reminding the proposers to note the devastating effects this could impact on our sheep industry in the future.

NSAS chairman Jen Craig said: ‘NSA Scottish Region will continue to represent the views of sheep farmers and crofters in Scotland who would be greatly impacted by any reintroduction of species into the country.

‘The last consultation to date carried out by Lynx UK Trust was flawed and subsequently denied. It is also worth remembering that the Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing has also made his disapproval of any reintroduction in the past quite clear and we will continue to ensure that view is maintained in Scotland.

‘Yet another predator to our flocks is certainly not required in these very tumultuous times.’