(Note from Patricia - The cheetah is a protected species in Namibia, but people are allowed to remove cheetahs if they pose a threat to livestock or human life. CCF welcomes calls from farmers that have predator issues, as this gives us an opportunity to start a dialogue. Many of them have become allies in our efforts to conserve the wild cheetah once they learn about the many ways in which they can prevent conflict with predators.)
When the CCF arrived at the farm to collect the bodies, the farmer was asked if he would help with trying to trap the surviving cubs, whom he could hear chirping at night. As he did not have a cage trap, we brought one to the farm the next day.
|One of the two female cubs captures near Otjiwarongo. (c) Cheetah Conservation Fund, 2011|
|The male cub. (c) Cheetah Conservation Fund, 2011|
The CCF team gave the farmer education materials on cheetahs and livestock guarding dogs and a dog application form which he has already filled out and is now on CCF's waiting list. As with all farmers in similar situations, the farmer was encouraged to contact us upon future cheetah sightings before taking drastic actions.