Saturday, July 08, 2006

Pallas Cats of Big Cat Rescue

The Pallas Cat is small and weighs 5 to 9 pounds. He can be found through Asia from the Caspian Sea and Iran to Southeastern Siberia and Tibet. One of the largest remaining populations reportedly live in the central part of Mongolia, where as many as 50,000 cats were killed per year for their pelts in the early 1900?s. Approximately 10,000 per year were killed in the 1980?s. In 1988, hunting was banned and trade has since essentially ceased. Now the principal threat to the Pallas Cat is the poisoning of it's prey, the Pika, which is considered to carry plague and is competition for precious grasslands.