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 Call Of The Wild: Re-establishing Our Lost Wild An, Published: 09 November 2006
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Posted: Nov 18 2006, 10:32 PM


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Britain was once home to ferocious creatures such as wolves, bears and wild boar. Peter Marren meets the activists who plan to bring them back

If Peter Clarke had his way, the countryside would be a fiercer, more romantic place. There would be wolves in the hills and lynx in the forests. Rivers would be home to the long-lost British sturgeon, while beavers would build their dams in the headwaters. Maybe the odd walrus would be lying up on an offshore island.

Clarke, a former environment policy adviser to the Thatcher government, is spokesman for a shadowy group called the Wild Beasts Trust. The trust attracted attention recently when Clarke let slip that it was holding six lynxes and two wolves which it planned to release in Scotland. Nothing more has been heard of the release, but the trust reflects a broadly-felt frustration with the lack of progress in re-establishing our lost wild animals.
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