Conservation status

Threats to hamsters include loss of habitat, widespread use of rodenticides on farms, and, formerly, trapping for fur and as a pest-control measure. According to the IUCN Red List of 2002, two species are classified as Endangered: the golden hamster, Mesocricetus auratus of Syria, and the Hot-son's mouse-like hamster, Calomyscus hotsoni of Pakistan. Four species are classified as Lower Risk/Near Threatened: the gray hamster, Cricetulus migratorius; the Afghan mouse-like hamster, Calomyscus mystax ; Tsolov's mouse-like hamster, C. tsolovi; and the Urartsk mouse-like hamster, C. urartensis; one species is classified as Vulnerable, the Romanian hamster, Mesocricetus newtoni.

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