Popular Science News | only 35 Scottish Wildcats in Wild

Popular Science News –  according to the Scottish Wildcat Association there are only 35 individual wildcats left in the wild. This new figure is the result of discounting cross-breed specimens. If this figure is proven to be true then it would place the species among the world’s most endangered wildlife.

“According to SNH, estimates of wildcat numbers in Scotland have varied between 1,000 and 4,000. However, the agency said fewer than 400 cats with classical wildcat pelage were thought to survive.

In a report published last month on the SNH-funded Cairngorms Wildcat Project, it was estimated that 150 breeding pairs of wildcats survived in parts of the Highlands.

The document said wildcats were ‘very rare’ and present in low numbers in the western half of the Cairngorms National Park – Badenoch and Strathspey, Highland Perthshire and possibly Glenlivet.

No records that could be substantiated with photographs or carcases were obtained from the eastern side of the park – Deeside, Donside and the Angus Glens.

The report also said the risks from hybridisation appeared to be ‘real and continuing’.” [Daily Mail]

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