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What 33 species have cats made extinct

In the United States, Felis catus is the only wild cat present, and it is a controversial species, with some claiming it is a domestic cat that escaped and others claiming it is a distinct species. While it is possible that a feral cat population could have increased in the New World, the likelihood of that occurring is highly unlikely, especially considering the size of the continent.

The European wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) is now extinct in the wild and only survives in captivity. It was exterminated from the United Kingdom and most of Europe by about 1800 due to competition with domestic cats and deliberate habitat destruction for game and fur farming. The last wild European male was shot for sport in 1935, and the last European wild female in 1936. The last European wildcat was also killed by a hunter in Russia in the early 1950s. In the United States, the last wild population, on Long Island, New York, was declared extinct in 1981.

The Asiatic wildcat (Felis sylvestris), the only member of the genus Felis in North America, is probably extinct in the wild. It has been extinct in the wild in the United States since the 1960s and in Canada since 1970. It survives only in captivity, in one isolated population in south-central China. It is considered a subspecies of the domestic cat.

The African wildcat (Felis lybica) was once widely distributed in Africa. By the early 2000s, it was believed to be extinct in the wild, as no sightings of living individuals had been reported since the 1950s. However, in early 2011 it was reported that there were living individuals in the Djurab Desert of the Republic of Djibouti. If these are confirmed to be wildcats, the species would be the only wild cat in Africa, and the only member of the genus Felis in the continent.

The Malagasy wildcat (Felis malagasy) is now believed to be extinct in the wild. It was last seen in Madagascar in 1943, and was thought to be extinct thereafter. However, in February 2011, a photo was taken in the Mahajanga Province of Madagascar. The photo suggested that the species may still exist in the wild.

In 2013, the last wild pumas in the United States were killed in Arizona.

In 2014, the last wild cheetahs in the wild in Iran have been killed.

There are no current reports of wild tigers remaining in the wild. The last wild pumas in India were shot in 1934.

In 2015, the last wild jaguars were shot in Mexico.

In 2016, the last wild lions were shot in Kenya.

In 2017, the last wild leopards were shot in India.

In 2018, the last wild Amur leopards were shot in Russia.

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