Scottish wildcats (Felis silvestris grampia) have a bushy tail encircled with dark rings, a wide flat head, and a striped Scottish Wildcat. Scottish wildcats are similar in size to a domestic tabby cat but larger and more robust. One view is that the Scottish wildcat is the same subspecies as the European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris). 2) Threats. The Scottish wildcat was originally distinguished as a separate subspecies in 1912, but it is now generally recognised that there is little difference between the Scottish and other European populations. Tail length can range from 26cm to 33cm. The Scottish wildcat is now fully protected by law and is generally recognised as a separate subspecies, Felis silvestris grampia, confined to the Central and Northern Highlands of mainland Scotland. At … long.
After human colonisation of Britain, the wildcat’s fortunes began to change due to habitat fragmentation and hunting. Scottish Wildcat. The wildcat is the sole UK representative of the cat family, Felidae, following the extinction of its near relative, the lynx (Lynx lynx) in medieval times.It is a small cat, with the head and body length typically averaging 56 cm., and the tail being about 30 cm. On average, adult males weigh over 5kg and females 4kg. According to an excellent report on the wildcat printed in 1991, the animals originally occurred in a variety of habitats throughout Europe. According to the Scottish Wildcat Association, large dogs, park rangers, and ill-prepared veterinarians are among the most common recipients of “non-hunting wildcat attacks.” 6.

Portrait of a Scottish Wildcat Scottish Wildcat, Scotland, UK, Europe. Adult Scottish Wildcat pausing while traversing a fallen tree trunk Scottish Wildcat. Habitat loss and persecution drove the wildcat from much of Britain and into its last refuge in the Scottish Highlands. Scottish wildcat with black grouse carcass 1902 Indian wildcat hunting monitor lizard 1883 All content from Kiddle encyclopedia articles (including the article images and facts) can be freely used under Attribution-ShareAlike license, unless stated otherwise. The average size of the head and body of a male wildcat is 59cm, the average female is 54cm.