Wild cats back in The Netherlands after two thousand years

From Limburg province in The Netherlands:

The wild cat (Felis silvestris) is part of the Dutch fauna now.

Research sponsored by Limburg province has shown this definitely.

In mid December 2006, a wild cat was discovered by a so called photo trap in Epen in the Limburg hills. …

Originally, wild cats were nearly everywhere in Europe; however, as a consequence of human actions, they were exterminated almost everywhere.

The disappearance of woodlands played a major role in this.

In north east France, the Ardennes, and the Eifel, a small population survived …

So, that this ‘small Eifel tiger’, as Germans call him, has reached The Netherlands now, is not unexpected.

Already four years ago, a dead wild cat was found near Vaals.

Now, however, for the first time it has been established that real live wild cats walk the Limburg hills.

According to Dutch news agency ANP, wild cats had not been in The Netherlands since Roman times.

A comment by Cynthia on 16 March 2007 (sorry, I had to include it here, as over sensitive anti spam software rejected it as a comment):

Wow, that’s amazing.

I just saw 4 photos of wild cats in a town (but I think it was in Canada).

The Netherlands is very small with a lot of people. I wonder why these animals now come closer to populated areas.

My reply: maybe European wild cats do not mind dense human population as much as other species, like bobcats [see also here] …

Update April 2011: here.

European wild cats, from Brehms Tierleben: here.

From Wildlife Extra:

Rare cat photographed in UAE

November 2009. Camera traps set up in the mountainous area of Wadi Wurayah have captured an image of a rare breed of Wild cat (Felis silvestris lybica). Until this photo was taken, the only evidence for the presence of the Wild cat was based on elusive tracks, despite four years of intensive surveys by Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS), WWF and Fujairah Municipality teams.

The Canada lynx is like a gray ghost of the north–elusive, evading human contact. It stands about 20 inches tall at the shoulder but weighs about 20 pounds–scarcely more than a large house cat. It is readily recognized by its long, black ear tufts; short, black-tipped tail; and large, rounded feet with furry pads, which permit it to walk on the snow’s surface: here.


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