The world most endangered cat is a European Tiger called the Iberian Lynx. Ancient times have siad that the Lynx is a mysterious cat with supernatural powers. There are only about 100 of these beautiful creatures left and less than a dozen that are breeding females. The lynx prey most on rabbits and with the evolution of several viruses, the destruction of its prey and habitat are it’s largest threat. Man has also made their own contribution to the cats decline. They are sometimes killed by traps set for rabbits, hit by cars as new roads are built, and of course illegal hunting. If nothing is done, the Iberian Lynx with likely be extinct in 10-20 years, but it could be a soon a 5 years. A breeding program and revival of the rabbit population must be put into affect as quickly as possible to help to restore the population.
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The brown bear is the symbol of the wilderness in North America. Once abundant, and with no enemies other than humans, the population of these bears is declining. Due to human expansion and the bear’s need for large spaces to forage and live, their natural habitat has reduced in size. The brown bears have also been sought as big game trophies and they also used to be killed for their meat and hides. In less than a hundred years, the numbers have gone from 100,000 to 10,000. As part of a global effort to protect the planet and the animals that inhabit it, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) administers one of the world’s largest conservation agreements, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES ). CITES is an agreement between governments to ensure that international trade of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The CITES protects Brown Bears from illegal poaching for paws, trophies and gallbladders. To date, 160 governments are bound to the Convention, which offers varying protection to more than 35,000 species of animals and plants. Not a single species protected by CITES has become extinct since the agreement began in force in 1975. Source: The Un Works
Animals were not something we could always live separate from. They were our food, our clothing, held religious significance and were deserving of respect. They kept us alive or kept themselves alive; all in one perpetual cycle. With the advance of this “blessed modernity,” our Europe-dwelling animals, especially our carnivores, are being pushed from their homes, killed for frivolous reasons, and in some places- not even existing anymore.
Large carnivores were once seen almost exclusively as competitors for animals that were valued by people for food or hunting. Much effort was spent in attempting to eradicate them throughout the Northern Hemisphere. As a result, large predators have vanished from many areas or been reduced to remnant populations. But there are encouraging signs that public attitudes towards large carnivores are beginning to change and many people now respect their place in Europe’s natural heritage. This change has allowed large carnivores to return to parts of their former ranges.
The fate of large carnivores ultimately depends on people’s willingness to coexist with them at a local level. [from The Large Carnivore Initiative Europe]
There are five major predators that the LCIE is working to return to their wild European homes: the brown bear, the wolf, the Eurasian lynx, the Iberian lynx, (the most endangered cat in the world!), and the wolverine.
Wolverines are scarce in Europe today. Their continued survival is threatened due to their small and fragmented distribution, and the potential for their future survival may be weakened by [...]