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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 November, 2004, 12:33 GMT
Talks start on wild animal plans
Wolf
Paul Lister plans to re-introduce the wolf into the Scottish countryside
A Scottish landowner is holding talks on his plans to bring back wild wolves, bears, bison and lynx to Scotland.

Paul Lister owns the Allandale Estate 40 miles north of Inverness and wants to reintroduce the animals to the countryside after 250-year absence.

Mr Lister, a wealthy businessman, will be speaking to local conservationists and his neighbours about his proposals this weekend.

Wolves vanished from the UK in 1743 and the bear went about 900 years ago.

Millionaire Mr Lister bought his 23,000-acre Highland estate, which straddles Sutherland and Ross and Cromarty, for 3.2m and is the founder of a charity which protects wolves in Romania.

The talks are set to carry on over both Saturday and Sunday but before the 45-year-old's plans can come into effect he will also have to talk through his plans with representatives from local councils, the Environment Agency and the Countryside Agency to gain official approval.

The son of the co-founder of the MFI furniture store, Mr Lister eventually plans to offer safaris to visitors.

Tourists will be able to watch the animals in the wild on the estate grounds with guests paying up to 20,000 to rent the estate for a week and day-trippers offered conducted tours by rangers.


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