the wild cat is back in the Bauges massif, a first for a century

Wardens from the Bauges natural park spotted the feline last April, after more than a century of absence.

After more than a century of absence, he is back. The spotted dress of the wild cat, also nicknamed “little tiger of the woods”, can again be shown by the most attentive in the Bauges massif, located between Chambéry and Albertville in Savoie, reports the Parisian this Saturday.

The feline was spotted in April by guards of the natural park and was able to be immortalized by photographic traps placed at altitude, “initially used for monitoring the wolf and the lynx”, explains to our colleagues Richard Cousin, project manager of the natural environment.

“Excellent news”

After more than a century of absence, he is back. The spotted dress of the wild cat, also nicknamed “little tiger of the woods”, can again be revealed by the most attentive in the Bauges massif, located between Chambéry and Albertville in Savoie, reports nvoyait for its fur. It was not until 1981 that the “little wood tiger” received official protection in France.

“The presence of this new predator is excellent news. It means that the ecosystem is healthy, because it provides the forest cat [autre nom du chat sauvage, NDLR] the food necessary for its permanent installation on the territory”, discovered Richard Cousin with the Parisian.

For the time being, seven municipalities are home to wild cats in the Bauges.

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