I dont understand the money that will be thrown at this 'project' when it could be used to help the true Scottish Wildcat...
Yep wonder how they react to foxes? But the Scottish wildcat will be extinct in no time
Lynx kill and eat foxes as a matter of course. They also have ranges of up to 200 square miles and cover 12 or 15 miles a day when hunting even when game is plentiful . This means any claims that they would control deer or hares are weak as the lynx's hunting pattern simply creams off a few animals over a large area. It also means I would have thought that they are bound to encroach on wildcat territories.
Bearing mind that young lynxes habitually kill their siblings to ensure survival of the fittest and reduce competition I doubt a wild-cat would be treated any differently. Foxes are said to avoid lynxes and I would guess wildcats would learn to do so as well ;which would reduce their territories and further reduce their likelihood of survival.
Any viable lynx population would need to be quite large to reduce inbreeding which is the bane of all feline populations but this would require massive areas to accommodate separate home ranges .
As mentioned, lynx kittens kill each other in the nest ; something that many a well-meaning contributor to the project might not like to hear of. Hence second-rate kits rescued from their tougher brothers and sisters are going to be pulled from the nest ,bottle reared and used for further breeding or released to the detriment of the wild population . They'll prob ably be radio tracked and artificially fed too . None of which adds up to a successful reintroduction of a species that has been extinct since prehistoric times and probably with good reason.
No doubt compensation will be offered to sheep farmers ,sporting estates and conservationists who lose animals and birds but money and replacement stock can't reduce the stress and worry placed on someone who has dedicated their life to rearing a flock or saving a rare but extant indigenous species.
Of course the instigators of the campaign for the introduction of the lynx will no doubt be hoping that public contributions and government grants will keep them employed on their pet project for many years to come .