Can predators save our forests?

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  • Predators such lynx, wolves and bears are returning to Europe
  • It is hoped they can regenerate wild ecosystems

(CNN)The last lynx in Britain died over 1,000 years ago, victims of deforestation and a rampant fur trade.

But the long-eared wildcat could make a comeback in 2016 as part of an ambitious "rewilding" experiment.
    A group of conservationists and scientists plan to release six Eurasian lynx at selected woodland sites around the country, believing the cats can revive ecosystems which have suffered in their absence.
      "The lynx is absolutely perfect for the UK," says Paul O'Donoghue, chief scientific