'Big cat' Canadian lynx was on the loose in UK in 1903
By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC World Service
A "big cat" was on the loose in the English countryside at the turn of the last century, scientists say.They believe a Canadian lynx was prowling around the fields of the South West in 1903 before being shot after attacking two dogs in Devon.Tests on the animal revealed it had probably spent some time in captivity before escaping or being set free.The animal had been donated to Bristol Museum at the time of its death and kept in its stores for decades.
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Enthusiasm' for bringing bears and lynx back to Scotland
An author of a new book about a fictional attempt to reintroduce bears to Scotland says there is interest in bringing the animals back for real. Environmental campaigner Mandy Haggith was involved in a debate on bears, lynx and wolves. She said the discussions revealed an enthusiasm among those involved for the predators to be a feature of the Scottish landscape.The debate was held in Lochinver in Sutherland on Monday to mark Earth Day.The event included a visit to Inchnadamph Bone Caves where brown and polar bear remains have been found.
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