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The agreement, with Lloyds Syndicate ARK Speciality Programs, is seen as an attempt to ease farmers' concerns surrounding the danger of reintroducing the lynx to the British countryside.
Durham police animal liaison officer . . .
"I believe that the lynxes could be a remnant of the native population that was thought to have been wiped out 600 years ago. "We know they are there because we have recovered lynx droppings from around Slaley, Northumberland, as well as lambs carcasses that were certainly killed by a cat."
Some posh people near my usual home in Gloucestershire found a dead sheep up a tree. They kept it quiet for a number of reasons. Not least you get thrill seekers turning up to hunt them when there's a credible sighting and the exact location is publicly revealed.
. . . there are no indicators that animal carcasses are being found up trees."
Lloyd's of London has agreed to insure pets, sheep and humans against attacks . . .
These localized and year-to-year persistent hot spots represent the major lynx–livestock problem. In hot spots, lynx attacks can completely decimate the smallest flocks. Among the bigger flocks, only a minority suffered sheep losses up to 5% but these flocks were attacked almost every year. These losses, which made up about 50% of lambs and subadults, can lead to a loss of annual income, but the greatest problems are probably linked to the difficulty of herding. These large flocks often occupy vast and scrubby parks, situated near wooded hillsides far from human settlements. These conditions make the discovery of killed sheep more difficult. Furthermore, as has been established by radio-tracking studies (Warren & Mysterud 1990; Neale et al. 1998), very young lambs that are killed by predators are difficult to find. To limit their economic losses, i.e. for compensation to be paid, the breeders should regularly patrol their parks to collect the corpses of killed animals, which are often overlooked without a thorough search. In these hot spot areas, the year-to-year persistence of lynx predation may become a real handicap to the breeders.
. . . British felid fauna is more diverse than anyone thought likely just a few decades ago.