International Society For Endangered Cats

A Voice For The Wild Cats of the World

Threats To Black-footed Cats

"Male Okko hiding in a temporary den when tracked the day after his capture." A. Sliwa

The most important habitat for Black-footed Cats would be extensively managed farmland, especially large game farms where overgrazing is less likely, as native game species are better adapted to arid conditions. Nearly all their habitat is suitable only for stock farming and game ranching, and they are well able to survive on properly managed rangeland. However, overgrazing and periodic fires set to replenish vegetation reduce the number of rodents the cats depend on.

Black-footed Cats are vulnerable to insecticide spray used on locusts, which the cats may eat in masses. Poisoned carcasses and steel-jaw traps are also set out by stockmen to target small livestock predators such as black-backed jackals, caracals and African wildcats. Cats also fall victim to dogs, which are used to chase or dig out jackals during problem animal operations.

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