Why are Scottish wild cats important?

Is Scottish wildcat rare?

Wildcats are extremely rare and very elusive creatures that usually stay away from humans so finding them is difficult. Historically, Scottish wildcats lived across Britain but are now only found in the Scottish Highlands.

Why are Scottish wildcats hunted?

A history of persecution

Scottish wildcats were once hunted for their fur, with deforestation also killing off many. They came close to being wiped out during World War I when persecution on Scots shooting estates was rife. Scottish Wildcats are critically endangered.

Can you pet a Scottish wildcat?

They’re also notorious for being resolutely and impossibly wild. These cats have earned the reputation of never having been tamed by a human, not even if captive-born. Scottish wildcats can breed with domestic cats to produce fertile hybrids, some of which are pure black in colour.

Can wildcats be tamed?

You may have a chance of taming or domesticating a feral kitten. However, it’s not generally recommended to tame a feral cat — and it’s usually not possible to tame an adult one. Feral cats aren’t used to human contact, and they probably won’t ever be as docile and friendly as a domesticated cat.

What do Wildcats do?

If there is plenty of food, wild cats sometimes form groups to hunt their prey and to defend a territory from others. Daily Life: the wildcat is a carnivore, hunting mainly at dawn and dusk; it either lies in ambush to pounce on its prey, or stalks it until fairly close and then rushes in to attack.

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