Saving the Iberian Lynx

I like this programme:

Ten years ago the Iberian lynx was nearing extinction but today, thanks to an imaginative conservation programme that has brought hunters, farmers and the tourist industry under its wing, its numbers have tripled from 94 to 312

Yeah, I know, it\’s EU funded, yah boo hiss. One of the Portuguese arms of it is just around the corner from here. 5 km or so away. And there\’s certainly colonies of feral cats living off the bunnies around here so can\’t see why a lynx or two couldn\’t manage it.

Indeed, our own cats sometimes live off the local bunnies….

I\’m not sure if lynx and domestic cat (or feral domestic cat) can actually breed or not? I think they can: wildcats certainly can. Would be very fun indeed if the lynx became common enough that the cross breed starts becoming common*. Imagine that little bundle of fluff that Tiddles has produced for you turning out to be half lynx!

*Yes, yes, I know, we don\’t want the wild population to become half domestic cat but the other way around would be fun all the same

4 thoughts on “Saving the Iberian Lynx”

  1. You missed the point on this one Tim. The Iberian Lynx isn’t just a local cat in some place, it’s a magnificent cat. It can indeed cross-breed with the domestic cat, and that’s what makes it an endangered species. So it needs some special protection and perhaps even a little help in its natural environment. You may ask what is the loss, if the breed is watered down. Well, the loss would be the loss of this amazing wildcat.

  2. Its all very well saying a lynx / moggy cross would be fun, but the whole point about a domestic moggy is that its had the ‘wild’ bred out, which is why it sits on your lap and purrs.

    A lynx / moggy cross might well decide it didn’t like your stroking and slice through your jugular.

    Bit more serious than a touch of cat scratch fever I’d say.

  3. Mmmm… Seen a bit of this conservation stuff, first hand. Walking back to the house in the early hours & there were these two big grey guys chewing on half a sheep in the middle of the track. Bumping into a couple full grown wolves really does sober you up, fast.
    They’re supposed to have been reintroduced into the Pyrenees some years ago but the Sierra Nevadas are the other end of the country. Maybe they vacation down here. It was midwinter. Or they were never extinct after all. It is pretty wild country.
    Can’t say they bother me in the slightest. Just dogs with attitude, as far as I’m concerned.

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