While Marine was in Europe for the ICCB (see post below), Kai Fitchen, field technician of the carnivore Project, was back in the field to investigate new clusters of GPS points for our collared caracals.
The Project still has three caracals equipped with GPS collars and Kai was off to explore the clusters of Jumbo and Whisky, two caracals roaming in the Beaufort West District. Kai spent two intense days running through the cliffs and dry riverbeds of the farms to look for evidence of caracal kill sites.
Dassies, steenbok, sheep and likely scavenging on a dead kudu that was stuck in a fence were found. Kai recorded the exact GPS points of the kill sites, along with the altitude and other environmental variables. These data will be used to better understand caracal diet and to help farmers understanding what the high predation risk zones are.