The area around England's Kielder Forest, site of the proposed lynx reintroduction, abounds with sheep farms. (Griffe Witte/The Washington Post)

Regarding the July 23 front-page article “Britain’s long-extinct lynx on brink of return”:

I hope Paul O’Donoghue, the conservationist champion of the lynx project who believes Kielder Forest in northern England is “too tame,” and members of Natural England, the agency that may soon allow six Eurasian lynx into Kielder Forest, have read “The Shepherd’s Life” by James Rebanks. This excellent book about shepherds in the Lake District was written by an Oxford University-educated shepherd who extols the life there, even with the hard physical work and the natural setbacks.

Ann Massey, Alexandria