Lynx hunting in Latvia to be prohibited


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This is simply not in line with the facts and what the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (government body) Nature Scot and what Natural England are saying. We are in high demand for deer management. In Scotland there are highly prized stags that are under threat from hybridisation of male sika /cervus nippon/. The reason is because sika have less tines (6 max) whereas red can in the wild have up to 14. A Royal is considered 12 tines. A German or American will pay handsomely for this expensive but one in a lifetime experience, and every penny goes into the conservation of the species. Less impressive trophies, less money. Less money, deer overpopulate, like they are now at an estimated 2 million and rising, and eventually disease and starvation hits them. They certainly are not in decline.

If the damage to agriculture is going down, I’m very interested in seeing the study. Roe /capreolus capreolus/, fallow /Dama dama/ and in particular muntjac /muntiacus reevesi/ do enormous damage to crops by eating them. Roe deer if left unchecked eat every bud and shoot in sight, and this is something you can literally see. There won’t be a branch in sight under 1.2m if roe are overpopulated. This stops insect thriving meaning songbirds perish due to lack of food.

In fact I can prove deer are in abundance. In the 1950s roe were seen as pests to farmland so farmers would set up driven deer drives, blasting them with shotguns. They were nearly locally extinct. Then some conservationists within the shooting community got together, showed how manageable and profitable it could be to selectively shoot the old weak and infirm, and now we have over 500,000 individuals within 50 years. roe deer population over time

The same is true for Dama Dama

Cervus Elaphus have also stabilised, although records are largely based on Scottish populations, with no data recorded in wales and NI (populations are too sparse).

The most damning to your argument is Muntiacus Reevesi who are a major concern to anyone who is actually serious about protecting farmland and woodland. They have a major stronghold in the south, are incredibly elusive due to hiding in thick underbrush, and are the size of a spaniel. If these little devils got near ancient woodland (which by the way is only 2% of all habitat in Britain) it would be no more.

Cervus Nippon are also on the rise. Biggest populations are found in Scotland, but can be found in northern England, for example the Forest of Bowland AONB, Lancashire.

The British Deer Society also pictures an overlay of distribution surveys done in 2007,2011, and 2016 of Chinese Water Deer. It is clear they too are on the rise.

As to ‘livestock killed is trivial’ the hardline stance of Germany back in 2019, back before the pandemic when any sort of real politics was done, Germany relaxed the rules from the individual wolf responsible must be identified, and the wolf responsible must be only perceived as a threat to human life to any individual in the pack who targets livestock.

This article discusses the settlement and increasing population of wolves, starting in southeast France, colonising throughout the Alps and beyond while also showing the effect on livestock.

Edit: I also found a scholarly article on the same problem faced in the mountainous parts of a region in Italy.

Another example courtesy of google scholar on the effect of canis lupus predation of sheep. The study shows most attacks happen within particular flocks, which must be devastating for the unlucky tenant farmer. What I imagine happening is a flock being decimated in its Latin meaning of the word, before the wolf pack moves to new territory to find more abundant food sources, or more likely, targeting another flock in its territory, as its territory likely overlaps multiple farms.

Note England is an Island nation, and while this has been a welcome natural defence against various invading armies, most recently being Hitler and his thwarted operation to subjugate Britain into nothing more than a vassal, it will prove to be a major thorn in our side when we realise wolf populations are not halted by an ocean, and do not adhere to human national borders and thus are free to cross them. In Britain they are stuck here; they won’t feel it necessary to swim the English Channel to France unless we did something disastrously incompetent, something environmental types would make certain that would never see the light of day.

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