An appeal has been made by Prof HO de Waal of the African Large Predator Research Unit for farmers to supply Free State University’s Canis-Caracal Programme with information about smallstock losses on their farms.
“We urgently need fresh information to help us understand the behaviour of caracal and black-backed jackal, as well as other predators, in our smallstock farming regions – enough to be able to devise ways of reducing their impact on livestock, without destabilising the environment,” he said. “Every bit of information regarding the extent of the problem and the success achieved with the various control methods could help us to compile a national profile of the problem. The idea is certainly not to victimise anyone. All information will be treated confidentially,’’ he added. – Roelof Bezuidenhout Interested farmers can obtain a questionnaire specifically designed to facilitate the gathering of the necessary information by contacting Prof de Waal on 083 645 8958 or e-mail [email protected]a.