Tracking The Highland Tiger: In Search of Scottish Wildcats (Paperback)
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An exploration of the mysterious Scottish Wildcat--Britain's rarest mammal, and one of the most endangered carnivores in the world.
These cats are fierce and very wild--completely untameable. Just like domestic cats prowling in the garden, wildcats hunt for a wide range of prey, from mice and voles to grouse, rabbits and red squirrels. Their kittens are born in March, and quickly begin to learn key hunting skills. Wildcats have endured centuries of habitat loss; they have been hunted for fur and been killed as vermin, and are threatened by inbreeding with domestic moggies, along with other issues such as disease and vehicle collisions.
In this book, Marianne Taylor--author of the award-winning Way of the Hare-- seeks out the beautiful and enigmatic Scottish Wildcat in a rich narrative interwoven with what we know about the cat's biology and history in Britain.
The Highland Tiger is a great read for anyone with an interest in Britain's wildlife and wild places, and especially to those who are fond of felines.
About the Author
Marianne Taylor is a birdwatcher, dragonfly-finder and mammal-seeker from Kent, England. She has written many books on wildlife including British Naturefinder, British Birds of Prey and Spotlight Robins for the RSPB and two previous nature-writing narratives, Dragonflight and Way of the Hare.
“There is some intriguing material about the folklore around the Scottish wildcat... The material on the difference between cats and dogs [...] is fascinating.” —Scotland on Sunday
“In part, Taylor's book charts a journey across Scotland tracking "the Highland tiger" and in part it's a reflection on the wildcat's cultural significance and what needs to be done to save it.” —The Times