Largest suburban predator in East London SA?

An unfortunate record – a large male Caracal Felis caracal was hit by a vehicle on a busy freeway between the suburbs of Beacon Bay and Gonubie. This solitary, territorial animal was possibly operating in the bush and riparian habitats of the Qinira River.

Caracal kittens have been documented on the upper reaches of the Nahoon River, also close to housing settlements.

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Caracal can weigh up to 20 kg and the specimen above was well over a meter in length. A combination of strength, speed and agility make them a formidable predator for their size. There is an abundance of prey items such as rock hyrax for an animal such as this to live undetected close to people.

Specimen donated by  Linde Gough.

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