Status and Population Trends for Wild Cats

Species200820152016Trend
African Golden CatNear ThreatenedVulnerableVulnerableDecreasing
Andean CatEndangeredEndangeredEndangeredDecreasing
Asiatic Golden CatNear ThreatenedNear ThreatenedNear ThreatenedDecreasing
Black-footed CatVulnerableVulnerableVulnerableDecreasing
BobcatLeast ConcernLeast ConcernLeast ConcernStable
Bay CatEndangeredEndangeredEndangeredDecreasing
Canada LynxLeast ConcernLeast ConcernLeast ConcernStable
CaracalLeast ConcernLeast ConcernLeast ConcernUnknown
CheetahVulnerableVulnerableVulnerableDecreasing
Chinese Mtn Catn/an/aVulnerableDecreasing
Clouded LeopardVulnerableVulnerableVulnerableDecreasing
Eurasian LynxLeast ConcernLeast ConcernLeast ConcernStable
Fishing CatEndangeredEndangeredVulnerableDecreasing
Flat-headed CatEndangeredEndangeredEndangeredDecreasing
Geoffroy's CatNear ThreatenedLeast ConcernLeast ConcernStable
Iberian LynxCritically EndangeredEndangeredEndangeredIncreasing
JaguarNear ThreatenedNear ThreatenedNear ThreatenedDecreasing
JaguarundiLeast ConcernLeast ConcernLeast ConcernDecreasing
Jungle CatLeast ConcernLeast ConcernLeast ConcernDecreasing
Kodkod (Guigna)VulnerableVulnerableVulnerableDecreasing
LeopardNear ThreatenedNear ThreatenedVulnerableDecreasing
Leopard CatLeast ConcernLeast ConcernLeast ConcernStable
LionVulnerableVulnerableLeast ConcernDecreasing
Marbled CatVulnerableVulnerableNear ThreatenedDecreasing
MargayNear ThreatenedNear ThreatenedNear ThreatenedDecreasing
OcelotLeast ConcernLeast ConcernLeast ConcernDecreasing
Oncilla (both spp)VulnerableVulnerableVulnerableDecreasing
Pallas' Cat (Manul)Near ThreatenedNear ThreatenedNear ThreatenedDecreasing
Pampas Cat Near ThreatenedNear ThreatenedNear ThreatenedDecreasing
Puma (Cougar)Least ConcernLeast ConcernLeast ConcernDecreasing
Rusty-spotted CatVulnerableVulnerableNear ThreatenedDecreasing
Sand CatNear ThreatenedNear ThreatenedLeast ConcernUnknown
ServalLeast ConcernLeast ConcernLeast ConcernStable
Snow LeopardEndangeredEndangeredEndangeredDecreasing
Sunda Clouded LeopVulnerableVulnerableVulnerableDecreasing
TigerEndangeredEndangeredEndangeredDecreasing
WildcatLeast ConcernLeast ConcernLeast ConcernDecreasing
Status criteria in order of severity:

  1. Data Deficient
  2. Least Concern
  3. Near Threatened
  4. Vulnerable
  5. Endangered
  6. Critically Endangered

Source: World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List 2015

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8 Responses

  1. h.wright

    What a great shame most of the big cats are declining, does not show much hope for the future. I thought the tiger population had increased slightly in the last few years?

    • Pat Bumstead

      I believe there has been a slight rise in tiger numbers overall. The tiger population in India has increased to around 4,000 but unfortunately the human-tiger conflict there has increased as well.

  2. Ron Bury

    The Scottish Wildcat (Felis sylvestris grampia) is critically endangered following decades of habitat destruction and persecution. In fact it could be one of the most at risk wildcats worldwide.

    It is only recently that efforts are being made to protect the future of this animal. This is way overdue and hopefully not too late as its genetic integrity is being progressively compromised by inbreeding with feral and domestic cats.

    • admin

      Thank you for your comment, and very well said. As a species, the Wildcat (Felis sylvestris)is classed as Least Concern, but there are many endangered subspecies. The Scottish Wildcats are in the most serious danger though, and 2013 may very well decide their future.

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