Ups and downs for lynx reintroductions in Europe

Author: John Linnell/Wednesday, December 5, 2018/Categories: News

 Lynx are the most frequently reintroduced large carnivore in Europe, but even after 5 decades the fate of many reintroduced populations in central Europe is still unclear. In Slovenia and Croatia preparations are advancing for the planned translocation of animals from Slovakia and Romania to augment the populationthat was founded in an earlier reintroduction in the 1970's. Details of the EU funded LIFE Lynx project are available on the web and on Facebook. A similar project is underway in Germany's Rheinland-Pfalz region on the border to France. So far 13 lynx from Slovakia and Switzerland have been released. Details on the web. In contrast, the UK government rejected an application from an NGO for a trial reintroduction of lynx in the north of England, pointing to a range of deficiences in the application. This underlines that reintroducing large carnivores into human-dominated landscapes like the ones we have in Europe is among the most technically, socially and politcally challenging tasks in nature conservation. 


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