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Scottish wildcat sanctuary created on west coast

Wildcat in heather: credit Peter Cairns/Northshots

Wildcat in heather: credit Peter Cairns/Northshots

A Scottish wildcat sanctuary has been created on the Ardnamurchan and Sunart peninsula on Scotland’s west coast in a bid to save the endangered species, which experts believe could number as few as 35.

The species is threatened from hybridising with domestic cats, and to help alleviate this threat all domestic and feral cats in the area have been neutered over the last five years.

Dr O’Donoghue said: “Our goal is to establish populations of genetically pure wildcats. We are determined not to settle for second best, or to settle for a bunch of tabbies that bear a resemblance to wildcats”.

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