The missing lynx: Could Britain’s wildcat be brought back home?

For a while last year, it looked as though a reintroduction of six Eurasian lynx into Kielder Forest in Northumberland, for a trial five-year period might go ahead.

But in late November, and despite his own “great interest” in the proposal and species reintroductions in general, then environment secretary Michael Gove told Dr Paul O’Donoghue, the prime mover behind the Lynx UK Trust (LUKT), he was turning it down.

In explanation, Gove reeled off a litany of problems with the application identified by Natural England, including what he said was LUKT’s failure to form partnerships with other organisations, the absence of an ecological impact assessment and a lack of clarity in how the scheme would be funded.

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