The Scottish Wildcat is almost extinct. At a guess there are 100 left in the wild in Scotland. When I started this website in 2007 there were an estimated 400. There are quite possibly none if we are honest. It is all guesswork anyway because of hybridisaton. For a long time, the wildcat has mated with stray and feral cats in Scotland diluting the purebred wildcat.
Sad isn’t it? So typical of modern life, though. There is no place on the planet for genuine wild cat species. There was a time when you could see the wild cat in England. in England, the last one was shot around 1835 or that sort of date. They were mercilessly hunted by the rich in England.
The wild cat took refuge in Scotland, where there is less human activity. This is very similar to the migration of the Bengal tiger from India to Bhutan. Bhutan is part of the Himalayas and there are less people there. The Bengal tiger can survive in the high altitudes of the areas around the Himalayas. Eventually, they will be poached to extinction even in Bhutan.
I have the information about the Scottish wildcat from the Scottish Wildcat Association. They say:
the extinction of Britain’s last large mammal predator could come within the next year.
The Scottish Wildcat Association had a plan for mass trap-neuter-return of all stray and feral cats across large parts of Scotland to stop the Scottish wildcat breeding with them but that seems to have been abandoned because it is too late. It is over.
Personally, I hope extinction happens as soon as possible. We can then forget and move on because there is no possibility of preserving the last remaining large mammal predator in the UK. It is too distressing thinking about it. Trying to conserve the wild cat species is like trying to hold back the tide. It is impossible. Human population growth – the cause of the demise of all wild cat species – is a force of nature.
Nothing will stop the extinction of wild cat species in the wild until the human himself is in danger of becoming extinct. Then someone will propose some sort of universal, obligatory birth control. Until then, astalavista wild cats.