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fieldwork Blog - Leopard Study - Night 4
- (Added 28. Sep. 2012 - 11:00)

Trap set and baited. We could hear lions in the distance, so we decided to close trap at 22h00. However on review of the camera trap data in the morning....


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fieldwork Blog - Leopard Study - Night 3
- (Added 27. Sep. 2012 - 11:00)

Not all team members available this evening, so trap closed and not baited.

Camera trap images show that a leopard investigated at 18h15.

This is looking encouraging – a leopard in the area, and also curious about the cage….



fieldwork Blog - Leopard Study - Night 2
- (Added 26. Sep. 2012 - 11:00)

Lions in the vicinity all night, trap baited but kept closed. No leopard activity recorded.



Fieldwork Blog - Leopard Study - Night 1
- (Added 25. Sep. 2012 - 11:00)

The trap is partially lit by the lights that illuminate the waterhole, so from our viewing point about 80m away we can just about see if the trap has been triggered. The early part of the evening was quiet, one brown hyaena looked a little interested in the trap. Then at about 20:50 the gate dropped - success! We jumped into our vehicles and carefully approached the trap - to find we had caught a caracal. Disappointing to some extent, but at least we knew the trap was working and that animals were prepared to enter. And that we could successfully release unwanted visitors...


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Fieldwork Blog - Leopard Study 2
- (Added 24. Sep. 2012 - 06:04)

One of the key objectives of capturing and sedating any wild animal is to attempt to minimize stress, be that during the capture process, during the procedure (in our case fitting the collar), or during the recovery process. For leopard the recommended method is to use a baited cage trap. Ideally the leopard will be attracted to the bait within the cage, trigger the trap door to close, and then be secure inside a reasonably large space. 


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