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Often regarded as conspecific with the African and Indian Desert Cats, the European or Forest Wildcat has been largely isolated from them for probably 20,000 years. Larger than a domestic cat, the wildcat is tabby, with a bushy tail tipped with black and not tapering like the African Desert Cat's.
Distribution and Habitats
The European, or Forest Wildcat has a wide distribution, covering almost the whole of Europe except the far north as well as part of south west Asia as far as the Caspian Sea. Unfortunately the populated areas within this range are fragmented, with large gaps between them - evidence that the species is much depleted from its former numbers. Even in those areas where they are found numbers are often dangerously low, making survival uncertain. Much of their decline has resulted form the expansion of human population, bringing with it agriculture and deforestation. In many areas the cats have also been deliberately persecuted by misguided humans despite their beneficial effect in controlling rodents.
This cat can use a wide variety of habitats, even including swampy areas which are seldom used by other cat species. In areas where both this species and the African wildcat occur, they are said to remain separate due to their different habitat preferences.
The diet of the European wildcat consists mainly of rodents, lagomorphs and other small mammals, but it is likely that small birds are also taken when the opportunity is there.
Largely crepuscular, European wildcats may also be active by day in the absence of human disturbance. They maintain a territory of between two and five square miles (five to thirteen square kilometres). Hunting mainly on the ground, they will readily climb to evade pursuit and have also been reported to take to the trees in times of flood and to subsist on other animals taking refuge there.
This subject was photographeted inside of the Nationl Park of Bayerischerwald.
I have used photoshop elements for sharpness, crop and resize.
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Excelent peak momentum!
Fine photo of this truely wild animal. Usualy the wild cats have a larger size (almost regular dog-like)than their domesticated counterparts.
This is a huge, splendid animal ready to do some hunting.
Hi Angelo, this is another great shot! Great sharpness, colours and POV. I like it very much. Very well done! TFS.
- [2006-01-12 6:09]
fantastic well frozen action:)
POV and sharpness excellent.
- [2006-01-14 1:03]
I love the color of the eyes and the intense stare.
Sharp details, good light, excellent POV and pose, with his tail tucked in and sticking out between his legs.
Well done and TFS. : )
A great shot of the cat on the prowl. Very attentive look in its eye as it watches and waits with patience to pounce. Your photo emphasizes the strength and will of the cat.
it's wonderful - I love cats.
She's looking so interested - perhaps she saw a mouse or a rabbit?
Excellent shot, thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda
- [2006-02-05 15:28]
O, you have another one! Is it the same as your last one? This one is more manacing and hence - more beautiful.
I like this space in front of them both, because it shows its readiness for attack.