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Reintroducing Lynx Needs Serious Consideration

30 April 2015

UK – Bringing Eurasian lynx back to the UK countryside needs ‘serious consideration’ in terms of its broader impacts, the body in charge of licensing any reintroduction has said today.

Natural England has stressed that socio-economic impacts of animals are considered under world guidelines, as well as those on the environment and the animals themselves.

This was in reference to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with Natural England stressing that reintroduction of lynx in the UK was unlawful without the green light from Natural England in the shape of a formal license. 

A decision will not come before consideration of prevailing legislation, international guidelines, public consultation and evidence gathering, a spokesperson said.

“The Eurasian lynx has been absent from Britain for about 1300 years," explained Natural England. "As it is no longer recognised as a resident species, the release of lynx into the wild in Britain would be unlawful unless licensed.

“So far Natural England has had a single preliminary meeting with the Lynx Trust’s legal advisers to describe the extensive process that would need to be undertaken before any licence submission could be considered.

“Any application to introduce lynx into England would need very serious consideration in terms of its impact right across the UK.”

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