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Source: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz DeutschlandBerlin. The European wildcat continues to spread in some regions of Germany, as a current study by the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) shows. The spread is particularly strong in the north. At the same time, the BUND warns of the dangers that road traffic poses to the nocturnal animals, especially in the dark season. “We have succeeded in making new reports of the European wildcat in several regions in north, east and south of Germany. A trend of recent years is thus continuing: the wildcat seems to be slowly spreading further, ”says Friederike Scholz, BUND wildlife expert. “At the same time, we call for particular vigilance in road traffic. Because in the darker season of the year there are more drivers on the road when the nocturnal wildcat roams its territory. In addition, many young cats are still on the move – and death on the road is still the most common cause of death for the European wildcat. ”In the north of the Lüneburg Heath, just a few kilometers from Hamburg, a particularly positive proof of the wildcat has been made, according to Scholz:“ So far to the north there has not yet been any evidence of the shy animals. Together with other evidence in the region, we see an increasing spread of the wildcat in northern Germany. ”But there is also reason to be happy in the east and south: In southern Brandenburg there are more wildcats than previously assumed. In Saxony, the wildcat was documented for the first time in the Werzeit Forest near Zwickau, and in Bavaria, evidence reaches regions east of Regensburg where the wildcat has not been found for many years with himself. Scholz: “Especially in areas where only a few wild cats still live, every cat run over is a hard loss that can endanger the entire small population.” The BUND therefore calls on you to pay particular attention to wildlife warning signs during these months, to adhere to the speed limits and to keep an eye on the roadside.More informationTo overview

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