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Thanks Web, Appreciate the info. I hope they survive.

Thanks again WebPotato for another interesting portrait of an endangered wild cat.


Andean cats are the small cat equivalent of the snow leopard: they live well above the tree line, at elevations of 11,500?15,700 feet (3,500?4,800 meters), wherever there is enough water to support them. They occur in the Andes Mountains in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. Prior to 1998, they had only ever been photographed twice!
Like the Borneo bay cat, they seem to have a naturally low population density?not because they are territorial, but because individual Andean cats seem to have amazingly large home ranges. However, habitat loss and degradation (e.g. from mining) are turning this species from a rare-but-stable population to an endangered-and-decreasing population.
Photo Credit: Jim Sanderson (work of Jim Sanderson) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons