Scottish farmers have been told that reintroducing lynx or wolves in Scotland would be “an absolute catastrophe”.
A study visit to Norway by a delegation from the National Farmers’ Union, (NFU) Scotland comes as moves to introduce the wild cat species north of the border gather pace.
The delegation heard that more than 20,000 sheep had been killed by predators such as lynx in Norway in the past year alone.
The Norway delegation heard that of all the sheep killed last year, lynx accounted for 21 per cent of losses, compared with 34 per cent for wolverine, 21 per cent for bears and 9 per cent for wolves.
So, 4,000 sheep then.
Out of 700,000 ewes.
0.5% of the population. Is that a lot or a little?
I thought sheep died of near any damn thing whenever they got the chance…..