16 facts about European wildcat

European wildcat
11.Young are usually born in April or May.
A litter may consist of one to eight young. For the first month they are fed exclusively on the mother's milk, after which solid food is gradually introduced into their diet. The mother stops feeding the cubs with milk about 4 months after birth, at the same time the young begin to learn the rudiments of hunting.
12.They are most active at night.
In wild areas, far from human settlements, they can also be found during the day. The peak of activity of these cats is at dusk and dawn.
13.Wildcats can live up to 10 years in the wild.
In captivity, they live between 12 and 16 years.
14.In Europe, the wildcat is protected under the Bern Convention.
They are being hunted if mistaken for domestic cats. They are also endangered by crossbreeding with them.
15.Despite the total extirpation of the wildcat in England, attempts are being made to reintroduce it.
Captive breeding of these animals began in 2019 with the intention of releasing them into the wild in 2022.
16.European wildcat populations declined sharply in the nineteenth century.
The species was completely eradicated in the Netherlands, Austria and Czech Republic.

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