Saturday, 11 November 2017

No place for lynx in Kielder

I have been very vocal about my opposition to plans to release lynx into Kielder Forest, and I am very concerned by reports that the lynx that escaped from a zoo in Wales last week has killed seven sheep. I have had extensive discussions with Kielder residents and the National Sheep Association who have expressed their concerns about the agricultural and economic damage lynx in Kielder could inflict on farmers, and these reports now give even more weight to those arguments. The fact that this lynx has killed seven sheep in days shows that the release of lynx would be disastrous for farmers in Kielder. There is no place for lynx in Kielder.