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Old Tuesday 1st October 2019, 18:03   #51
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How many generations before they become truly wild, if at all. Same criteria as White tailed Eagles I'd imagine and down to the individual.
I'd imagine that it would be quite fast Pat, they breed a lot faster than W-tE. How many litters per year, John?
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Far as I know, one: but usual rules apply, provided there are no serious negative factors breeding success should be pretty good and with a native species expanding into unexploited suitable habitat new territories should be generated quickly. Main hazards - potentially limiting factors - will be cars, foxes and (perhaps) unfriendly locals.

Litters will perhaps be on average larger then for WTE which would accelerate the process if survival is good and I suspect breeding age for Pine Martens is also younger (probably second year onwards), another accelerant. My foxes seem to disappear quite quickly, what between cars, territoriality and so on: a four-year fox would be very unusual. I've no idea how Pine Martens compare but usually smaller animal = shorter life.

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So in progress, more like Red Kite reintroduction than WTE reintroduction . . .
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