Wildcats to be reintroduced in England

For the first time in hundreds of years, wildcats could be released in England.

The European wildcat, now the UK’s rarest native mammal, is eyed to be reintroduced in England. It has not been seen in England since the 16th century.

The Wildlife Trust has started taking steps to release wildcats after the Vincent Wildlife Trust discovered that the brambly woodland of Devon and Cornwall can be suitable places for the species.

“Preliminary feasibility studies have shown that there is really strong potential for them in the south-west of England,” Peter Burgess, from the Devon Wildlife Trust, told the Guardian.

“Now, we are bringing it to the next level, looking at any impact they would have on the ecosystem, and seeing if there is support in the local community.”

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