Rare Chinese Cat Captured on Film

Rare Chinese Cat Captured on Film
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This pelt of a Chinese mountain cat helped scientist Jim Sanderson identify a wild mountain cat photographed by a remote sensor camera in July.

Though the cat is protected, it is so elusive that no one knows its conservation status, said Sanderson, a cat specialist with the Wildlife Conservation Network.

The cat is sought by local hunters, who sell its pelt for hats and tourist curios.

The cat is also a victim of widespread poisoning campaigns aimed at its staple prey, a small rabbitlike mammal called the pika, which many Chinese farmers consider unwanted competition for grazing.

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—Photograph courtesy Jim Sanderson, Yin Yufeng, Drubgyal, and Ahcu
 
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