Will big cats come to Kintyre?

Eurasian lynx

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Wild bears were last seen more than 1,000 years ago and wolves were hunted to extinction in Scotland as the land was tamed.

The main reason, aside from sport, for hunting large predators was to protect stocks of royal deer and the cattle and sheep on which the population depended for food.

Humans, and in particular farmers, have moulded Kintyre’s landscape, which is primarily agricultural and arboreal.

On page one this week, there is a frankly ridiculous story about a wildlife biologist, whose Lynx UK Trust wants to reintroduce the strictly carnivorous large cat to Kintyre.

Dr Paul O’Donoghue lives in a densely populated urban part of north-west England and his trust is registered to an address on a business park.

The public meeting to debate this issue should be held in Campbeltown in south Kintyre, not Tarbert, 38 miles away, at the far end of the peninsula.

Or is the meeting in Tarbert to save Dr O’Donoghue an extra 76-mile drive?

It proved impossible to ask him as he did not respond to any calls.