Rewilding Ireland with Lynxes & Wolves

There is nowhere for wolves to go, farms and people's gardens and they will be unwelcome in both. We don't have massive tracts of unspoilt wilderness for them to roam in.

There is always the Natural Parks. Places like Killarney, Powerscourt & parts of the Gaeltacht in Galway & Donegal all suitable for wildlife.
 
There is always the Natural Parks. Places like Killarney, Powerscourt & parts of the Gaeltacht in Galway & Donegal all suitable for wildlife.
Wildlife yes, not necessarily wolves.

As wolf territory, any of those aren't very big. Killarney NP all in just about big enough for one pack, no more.
How would you go about containing them in the parks? They definitely would try to get out.
How are you supposed to deal with public and farmer reaction? The farmers esp sheep farmers will have none of it.
 
Wildlife yes, not necessarily wolves.

As wolf territory, any of those aren't very big. Killarney NP all in just about big enough for one pack, no more.
How would you go about containing them in the parks? They definitely would try to get out.
How are you supposed to deal with public and farmer reaction? The farmers esp sheep farmers will have none of it.

The Wolves were here before us and we have Zoos which are increasingly going out of fashion, preferable to see wildlife in their proper state than cooped up for people to see. Now I love Zoos still because some are great at conservation but returning animals & birds to the wild would be better besides the farmers complain a lot about the deer too, never not complaining.
 
Wildlife yes, not necessarily wolves.

As wolf territory, any of those aren't very big. Killarney NP all in just about big enough for one pack, no more.
How would you go about containing them in the parks? They definitely would try to get out.
How are you supposed to deal with public and farmer reaction? The farmers esp sheep farmers will have none of it.
There were 55000 Deer culled in Ireland last year.

I'd say they'd stay near such a bountiful food source.
 
The White Tailed Eagles were such a success there was hostility at first but farmers got used to it and than there are Foxes the farmers are against them too but they are very important to Irish wildlife.
 
Yes there were Wolves in Ireland hundreds of years ago but reintroducing them (lynxes is a new one) to keep on top of the deer numbers is bizarre.

Why not have an official cull of deer each year and use the sale of their meat to finance it?
Wolves might keep on top of the deer numbers but with such a plentiful supply of meat to an apex predator the issue in a short few years to come would be a need to cull the number of wolves. Its using a sledge to crack a nut.

And I think people would much rather come across a few deer when out for a walk in the countryside than a few wolves.

Wolves are wild animals - the clue is in the term. There is no way they would confine themselves to just attacking feral deer.

There used to be Bubonic Plague in this country some centuries ago - should that be reintroduced too?
 
Yes there were Wolves in Ireland hundreds of years ago but reintroducing them (lynxes is a new one) to keep on top of the deer numbers is bizarre.

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There used to be Bubonic Plague in this country some centuries ago - should that be reintroduced too?
Now that’s what I call thinking outside the box!
 
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