A report from Cambodia this week declared tigers are “functionally extinct,” conservationists conceded for the first time, as they launched a bold action plan to reintroduce the big cats to the kingdom’s forests. Cambodia’s dry forests used to be home to scores of Indochinese tigers but the WWF said intensive poaching of both tigers and … Continue reading Cambodia Declares Tigers are Functionally Extinct ~ Government Aproves Reintroduction Plan
Ocelot detained for illegal border crossing This ocelot was spotted trying to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. and was apprehended by U.S. border patrol agents. When questioned by the agents, the ocelot invoked his right to remain silent. He spent the night in custody and is expected to be deported immediately. Meanwhile, … Continue reading WildCat Chat ~ Ocelot Detained for Illegal Border Crossing ~ March 9, 2016
Feral Cats – Australia’s non-native wildcat On January 16, 2016 “Felicitous felicide” an article about culling feral cats in Australia published in The Economist summarized, quite unconvincingly, Australia’s justification for their practice of culling feral cats. While I found no biological or scientific assessment in the article about methods, measuring outcomes, and maintaining a balanced … Continue reading WildCat Chat ~ Feral Cats-Australia’s Non-native Wildcat ~February 11, 2016
WildCat Chat Compilation WildCat Chats from the past are now available! ________________________________________________________ Lisa A. Salamat, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society
Meet the Oncilla Cats! ONCILLA (TIGER CAT) (LITTLE SPOTTED CAT) (Leopardus tigrinus) Oncillas are one of the smallest wildcats. Males are slighter larger than females; on average they weigh 5 pounds (2.2 kg). Oncillas’ coat is short and smooth and their rosettes and other markings are not as dark as the other small cats of … Continue reading Meet the Oncilla
A month before the controversy over the killing of Cecil in Zimbabwe last June, Zambia announced the government was lifting the ban on big cat hunting. The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) posted a statement on their Facebook page (of all places) to clarify the decision to resume hunting of lion and leopard in Zambia: “The … Continue reading Zambia & Big Cat Hunting
Almost four years after the USFWS received a petition from NGOs to list the African Lion as endangered, on January 22, 2016 the USFWS ruling will go into effect listing Lions as ENDANGERED in Central, Northern and Western, Africa and as THREATENED in Eastern and Southern Africa under the ESA and Asiatic Lions as ENDANGERED … Continue reading African Lions & the ESA
The news from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) last summer was quite shocking considering the amount of time and resources in preserving the Florida panther population and habitat over the past 47 years. The Florida Panther was the first cat listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Protection Act of 1966; the predecessor to … Continue reading Not Worth the Effort?