Chris Packham believes that lynxes and wolves would have a positive impact on the eco-system and local economy if they were reintroduced into the UK. The Springwatch presenter told Radio Times in the latest issue of the magazine that we need large predators to have a “sustainable working landscape”.
“Wolves live in Portugal, Spain, Italy and in Sweden too. There have been only two fatalities since the year 2000, both in the US, and certainly none in Europe. What we would like to move towards is a more tolerant society that understands the fact that to have a sustainable working landscape we need large predators.”
Packham says that persuading the UK to bring back the wolf and the lynx was proving a difficult task. “We have lived without them in the UK for such a long time that people are very resistant to the idea of them coming back, which is a shame because we do know better and we do need them and it would be tremendously exciting.”
“If we did have wolves – which would have to be in Scotland – and lynxes then lots of people would pay to go see them and they would be a great asset to the community.”
Read the full interview with Chris Packham and his fellow Springwatch presenters Martin Hughes-Games and Michaela Strachan in the new issue of Radio Times, on sale from Tuesday 19th May.