More cluster visits to understand predators diet

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.

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GPS points and clusters from one of our collared male caracals in the Beaufort West District.

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.

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Kai Fitchen visiting clusters of GPS points in the field and taking notes about 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.

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Steenbok hairs found at the cluster of one of our collared male caracals.

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Dead kudu that was stuck in a fence. One of our collared caracals circled the carcass and may have scavenged on it a few weeks ago.

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