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Wild Cat

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Where it lives The wildcat (Felis silvestris) is a small cat found throughout Europe.It is a hunter of small mammals, birds, and other creatures of a similar or smaller size.

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Characteristics The wildcat physically resembles a domesticated cat in most respects.Wild species are pale yellow to medium-brown with black stripes or spots.Most wildcats weigh between 3 and 6 kg. They tend to be quiet animals, vocalising only when close to each other.

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Ecology and behaviour The wildcat is extremely wary of humans, and avoids approaching human settlements. It lives in solitude and holds a territory of anything from 1.5 to 12 square kilometres, depending on the local environment. Males tend to hold larger territories than females.

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Diet Most of its prey consists of small mammals, mainly rodents and rabbits, with lizards being the third most common prey, and birds the least common. Wildcats are predators, and have also been observed to eat amphibians, fish, weasels, scorpions, and even young roe deer or antelopes.

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Threats The main threats to the survival of this species are hybridization(υβριδισμός) with domestic cats, disease transmission, and competition with feral domestic cats. Other significant threats are ongoing habitat loss, fragmentation(κατακερματισμός) and degradation(υποβάθμιση) in some areas. Road kills and, in some areas, persecution are also problems.

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