Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wolves may make a Highland comeback in laird's reserve plan to apply for zoo licence

WOLVES, not seen in the wild in Scotland for hundreds of years, could be ready for a comeback on a Highland estate.

The Alladale Estate near Ardgay in Sutherland has announced it is to seek a zoo licence within the next two months so it can let the animals roam in a wilderness reserve. It is the latest move by estate owner Paul Lister, who plans to release a series of wild animals in enclosures on the estate.

Reserve manager Hugh Fullerton-Smith announced his intention to apply to Highland Council for the licence in an advert in a local paper.

European elk and wild boar are already housed in enclosures on the 23,000-acre estate. If the licence is granted, they will be joined

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