Germain E, Benhamou S and Poulle M-L (2008) Spatio-temporal sharing between the European wildcat, the domestic cat and their hybrids.
Notably, European wildcats are not considered endangered and wildcats overall are common throughout Europe, Asia and Africa and thus listed as 'least concern' on the IUCN Red List.
This region was historically home to a diverse group of carnivores such as the Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata), the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) gray wolf (Canis lupus), striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), brown bear (Ursus arctos), Anatolian leopard (Panthera pardus tulliana), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), caracal (Felis caracal), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), golden jackal (Canis aureus), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), European wildcat (Felis silvestris caucasica), pine marten (Marres martes) and other smaller mustelid species (BPPC and EEII 2002).
Three smaller carnivore species, the European wildcat (Felis silvestris caucasica), the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), and the pine marten (Martes martes), are still widespread throughout Anatolia, and their numbers may be stable (BPPC and EEII 2002; Curnata 2002; Garman 2000).
If the controversial proposal is granted, three European wolves and eight European wildcats
will be added to the growing number of animals housed in enclosures.