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Mistaken identity becomes a major threat for India’s small wild cats

 

 

  • Small wild cats in India, often become victims of retaliatory killing or dislocation due to misidentification as more dangerous cats.
  • Pastoral communities resort to retaliatory killing whereas farmers in the plains mistake cats like rusty-spotted cat, jungle cat, fishing cat and leopard cat cubs for big cat offsprings and try to get rid of them.
  • In West Bengal, direct persecution is one of the major threats the population of fishing cat is facing.
  • Experts stress the necessity of awareness campaigns to mitigate the threat of misidentification. Such initiatives have shown promise in reducing retaliatory killings and fostering coexistence.

https://india.mongabay.com/2023/11/mistaken-identity-becomes-a-major-threat-for-indias-small-wild-cats/