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Scottish Wildcats Are Interbreeding Themselves Into Extinction


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife )

Cher Away
- 415 days ago - blogs.smithsonianmag.com
Scottish wildcats, the U.K.'s only remaining species of wild feline, look a little bit like adorable grey tabbies, slightly on the large size, with a bushy striped tail. But the species lived in Scotland long before any domestic relatives--or humans--



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Comments

Ruth S. (313)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 9:15 am
All of this is happening because of humans interfering with these cats habitat!
 

Barbara D. (109)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 10:11 am
Even if this was successful would they ever return to the wild? Wouldn't they again start breeding with domestics? Sad! They really are very beautiful and unique little cats.
 

caroline s. (77)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 10:24 am
So sad...
 

Sandi C. (236)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 11:29 am
sadly noted
 

Dandelion G. (375)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 1:35 pm
I suppose that due to the fact so few of them are left they do look for a mate, and if that is with a domestic cat then so be it. However, their own genes now become inter mixed so the purity of them being what they were is gone.

It seems highly unlikely to find every feral cat or house cat to keep them from mixing so until the breed can grow in numbers again, perhaps the only solution is to capture them, breed them, then release them back when their numbers have grown.

In the meantime there could be some education being done with the public to get their feral cat population taken care of, making sure any house cat who is going outside is spayed or neutered.
 

Desiree Oakes (2)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 2:04 pm
sad
 

Allan Yorkowitz (457)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 2:41 pm
There are so many sad issues concerning this. In addition to those mentioned, eventually, there will be colonies of fierce feral half wildcats that can potentially pose a problem.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 3:10 pm
Thanks for the article.
 

Diane K. (136)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 4:26 pm
Interesting article. Thanks for sharing.
 

Debra Tate (17)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 5:06 pm
noted!
 

janet f. (29)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 8:39 pm
This is the fault of not spaying/neutering domesticated animals. Very sad to hear this news. Every species that becomes extinct is a loss for the planet.
 

Leann Wells Huber (0)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 9:57 pm
These Scottish Wildcats DO look like house cats! They are beautiful! I hope they don't go extinct. It would be a loss for mankind.
 

Julie W. (20)
Friday May 24, 2013, 1:52 am
I had no idea Scotland had wildcats! They are beautiful.
 

TERRY R. (282)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:16 am
A VERY SAD SITUATION.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:53 am
sadly noted, thanks
 

Sonali G. (0)
Friday May 24, 2013, 10:38 am
shame on us for allowing the feral cat population to become so out of control.
 

Anette S. (24)
Friday May 24, 2013, 10:42 am
sadly noted
 

Dianne D. (453)
Friday May 24, 2013, 11:02 pm
This has to be the humans fault and they need to fix it. We can't afford to loose one species.
 

Sara P. (56)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:15 am
I agree with the comment of ruth, humans don't have any respect for the others living beings. Thanks Cher.
 

Joan M. (1087)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:12 pm
Sadly Noted. Thanks Cher
 

Carol H. (229)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:02 am
very sadly noted
 

Klaus Peters (9)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 9:05 pm
So sad that we humans failed again to protect another wild species. Sad for wild cats, but obviously domestic cat owners are at fault discarting them when they get sick of them or letting them roam at will. Cat owners are so irresponsible.
 
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