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European Wildcat
80.00%
4 80.00%
Eurasian Eagle Owl
20.00%
1 20.00%
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European Wildcat v Eurasian Eagle Owl
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European Wildcat - Felis sylvestris silvestris
The European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) is a subspecies of the wildcat that inhabits European forests, as well as forested areas in Turkey and the Caucasus Mountains. The European wildcat is much bigger and stouter than the domestic cat, has longer fur and a shorter non-tapering bushy tail. It has a striped fur and a dark dorsal band. Males average a weight of 5 kg (11 lb) up to 8 kg (18 lb), and females 3.5 kg (7.7 lb). Their weight fluctuates seasonally up to 2.5 kg (5.5 lb). Throughout its range, small rodents (mice, voles, and rats) are the wildcat's primary prey, followed by birds (especially ducks and other waterfowl, galliformes, pigeons and passerines), dormice, hares, nutria, and insectivores. 

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Eurasian Eagle Owl - Bubo bubo
The Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo bubo) is a species of eagle owl resident in much of Eurasia. It is also one of the largest species of owls. The Eagle Owl is a very large and powerful bird, smaller than the Golden Eagle but larger than the Snowy Owl. It is sometimes referred to as the world's largest owl, although Blakiston's Fish Owl is slightly heavier on average and the Great Grey Owl is slightly longer on average. The Eagle Owl has a wingspan of 160–188 cm (63–74 in) and measures 58–75 cm (23–30 in) long. Females weigh 1.75–4.2 kg (3.9–9.3 lb) and males weigh 1.5–3 kg (3.3–6.6 lb). It mainly feeds on small mammals in the 200–2,000 g (7.1–71 oz) weight range, such as voles, rats, mice and hares. However, prey can be killed up to the size of foxes, marmots and young deer (up to 17 kg/37 lb), if taken by surprise. The other significant group of prey is other birds and almost any type of bird is potential prey. Common avian prey include corvids, grouse, woodpeckers, other raptors and, especially near coastal areas, ducks, seabirds and geese. Larger prey (over 3 kg/7 lb) is consumed on the ground which leaves the bird vulnerable to loss of prey or even predation by predators such as foxes.

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#2
The owl has the advantages of flight, speed, agility, being able to choose when to attack, and having deadly talons. But the cat is larger at average weights and has a flexible, athletic body with the ability to jump and forepaws to grab with and claws to inflict damage with. So I think the cat would win at average weights. I'd support the owl at parity.
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#3
The cat wins face to face on the ground. The only way for the owl to win is by an aerial assault.
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OldMan
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#4
Cat has clear weight advantage, easy win for cat.
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#5
Haven't Eurasian Eagle Owls been recorded killing Red Foxes?
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#6
/\ You posted that account on the old carnivora proboards. These foxes get killed by ambush.
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