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    Wolf reintroduction

    I am a conservationist who is interested in working towards wolf reintroduction in Scotland. I am curious to find out what anyone who may be affected by such a reintroduction thinks about it. Therefore I would welcome any comments and discussion on the topic.

    I am also not adverse to stalking or hunting and feel that if control of a wolf population was to be at least in part regulated by sporting estates (who would keep all fees paid by those wishing to shoot a wolf during a given season) then it could be valuable source of income to estates. Obviously it would be hoped that a wolf population would regulate deer numbers and allow the continuation of the strongest genes as they mainly predate on weak or sick animals. This would hopefully reduce the need for expensive culls which seem to be causing huge difficulty for estate owners.

    Please let me know what you think, I understand this can be an unpopular subject for many people and no offense is intended by discussing the subject!

    Thanks!!

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    If the French experience is anything to go by, one of the main problems is going to be that it's a hell of a lot easier for a pack of wolves to take out a flock of sheep than to chase down deer, so you need adequate provision for compensating livestock owners, and the reintroduction of measures like specialised massive sheepdogs. Admittedly, it's an unbalanced ecosystem at the moment, but this would brutally alter that, assuming it was successful. Also, wolves require huge amounts of space and as regards controlling them, they're very elusive. Although they've been wiped out before, so it's clearly possible to hunt them. Just a question of whether anyone can afford the time and effort to do so.

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    might keep the right to roam bods under control though

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    [QUOTE=SWSUK;459029]I am a conservationist who is interested in working towards wolf reintroduction in Scotland. I am curious to find out what anyone who may be affected by such a reintroduction thinks about it. Therefore I would welcome any comments and discussion on the topic.

    I am also not adverse to stalking or hunting and feel that if control of a wolf population was to be at least in part regulated by sporting estates (who would keep all fees paid by those wishing to shoot a wolf during a given season) then it could be valuable source of income to estates. Obviously it would be hoped that a wolf population would regulate deer numbers and allow the continuation of the strongest genes as they mainly predate on weak or sick animals. This would hopefully reduce the need for expensive culls which seem to be causing huge difficulty for estate owners.

    Please let me know what you think, I understand this can be an unpopular subject for many people and no offense is intended by discussing the subject!

    I don't think many Estates are struggling to maintain culls because of the economics? There are very few, if any Estates large enough to hold a wolf population. Any wolf population would be extremely transient.
    Any licensing would be controlled via Government.
    i think we have enough to contend with, Lynx on the other hand?

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    [QUOTE=bambislayer;459038]
    Quote Originally Posted by SWSUK View Post
    I am a conservationist who is interested in working towards wolf reintroduction in Scotland. I am curious to find out what anyone who may be affected by such a reintroduction thinks about it. Therefore I would welcome any comments and discussion on the topic.

    I am also not adverse to stalking or hunting and feel that if control of a wolf population was to be at least in part regulated by sporting estates (who would keep all fees paid by those wishing to shoot a wolf during a given season) then it could be valuable source of income to estates. Obviously it would be hoped that a wolf population would regulate deer numbers and allow the continuation of the strongest genes as they mainly predate on weak or sick animals. This would hopefully reduce the need for expensive culls which seem to be causing huge difficulty for estate owners.

    Please let me know what you think, I understand this can be an unpopular subject for many people and no offense is intended by discussing the subject!
    I don't think many Estates are struggling to maintain culls because of the economics? There are very few, if any Estates large enough to hold a wolf population. Any wolf population would be extremely transient.
    Any licensing would be controlled via Government.
    i think we have enough to contend with, Lynx on the other hand?

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    Don't know what happened there?

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    I do not think it work why hunt a deer when even my jack knows sheep are stupid not so keen on rams
    it would be cruel to the wolf

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    I think all reintroductions, especially of predators, should first be tested for a period of 5 years in the large parks in the central London area. My experience is that it is usually people from this area who are the most vocal in calling for such reintroductions and so it seems only fair that they should be the first to experience the benefits that they bring.

    Should such a test be deemed successful then it should be necessary to hold a referendum of all those living within, say, a 50 mile radius of the release site. If the majority of these people are found to be in favour then consideration should be given to the release.
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    it'll never work , a wolf doesn't respect or understand human boundaries, nowhere on mainland scotland is remote enough or isolated enough to contain a wolf pack imho too many walkers too many sheep
    a barony original

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    i myself could not see hunting of wolves viable in the uk if you reintroduce a species it has to get to a polulation level that could sustain hunting for a start but how would you keep the packs in scotland for the estates to benifit when they eventually get to a sustained level. does this also mean the scottish estates are liable for the damage the wolves would do to sheep and cattle or even horse ,i would like to here more on what your ideas are with this, atb wayne

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