Human-Wildlife Conflict: Re-extinction

 

 

For instance, livestock farmers today, as in the past, are seldom happy to see the arrival of carnivores that might possibly predate their herds and flocks.

Indeed, in 2006 ‘Bruno’, an adult male bear deliberately introduced into the northern Italian Alps as part of a conservation programme, was hunted and killed following outcries from farmers whose sheep had been eaten by Bruno.

It is certain that similar conflict would arise in Britain if bears, wolves or lynxes were to be reintroduced, even into the more remote areas of Scotland. 

Therefore, in theory, the reintroductions may appear a good way of sustaining populations of endangered animals; it may be the case that they are re-introduced only to be re-extirpated.