This is a first attempt and should be refined as more data from across the range become available.
There is a general suspected continuing decline from to loss of prey base due to bushmeat poaching (especially Springhare ), persecution (direct or incidental), road collisions and predation by domestic animals.
The majority of the range occurs within the boundaries of South Africa, thinning out northwards into Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe (Table 1). This is likely due to unsuitable habitat or the presence of a higher density of mesopredators which increases competition and incidences of intraguild predation. However, further field surveys are needed to determine in which protected areas subpopulations of the species are resident.
Black-footed Cats are known to occur at low densities and it is difficult to establish population sizes.
The stronghold of the species is suspected to be in the central Karoo region of South Africa where highest densities are reached, whereas other regions are suspected to have medium or low densities.
Prior to 2000, there are only 251 specimen records including fossil specimens were available for the species.
Since then, more than 545 records have been collected with an emphasis on locality data have been recorded.
As such, it is difficult to determine density, and thus a population estimate, for this species.