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Lynx and boars may once again roam free in Scottish Highlands

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25 09 08 - 04:26
Wolves, boars and big cats might be reintroduced to the wilds of Scotland.

"It is not just about trying to recreate the past but moving forward to re-establish healthy eco-systems in which these animals will play a crucial role," Mr Pulpett said. "There are also clear cultural and economic benefits. Lynx reintroduced in Switzerland and Germany have given tourism there a major boost."

While acknowledging that these animals could pose a danger, both to livestock and humans, he said it was a question of putting the threat in perspective. "People face threats every day that are much more dangerous, such as travelling by car, or of serious illness, but they accept them as part of life."

It's good that even in this culture in which Nature is seen as something that man must battle against, there are conservationists who can implement plans like this. It is exciting to think that such speices can return to the wilds of Scotland.

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