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It’s Not Pompous, Just Standoffish

Despite being found in more types of habitat than any other cat in South America, today’s Endangered All-Star, the Pampas Cat, remains understudied and little known. While numbers are hard to come by, the species is likely threatened by loss of grassland habitat and rampant conversion of land to agriculture. The International Society for Endangered Cats, currently running a field study of Wild Cats of Brazil, has found that local people often fear the animals (mistaking their bite marks for vampires) but are receptive to the message that the felines help control mice and other pests.
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