International Society For Endangered Cats

A Voice For The Wild Cats of the World

Finding Black-footed Cats

Dr. Sliwa captured his first Black-footed cat in December 1992. After several weeks of habituating the cats to the sound of the truck and the shine of the low powered spotlight (always held behind them), he could follow them for most of their nocturnal activity periods.

A 4×4 vehicle drove along dirt roads at a speed of 20 km/hr while looking for the bright eye shine of cats. Once their identify was confirmed with binoculars, the cats were followed by the truck for a short distance of 100-600 m, which resulted in the cat squatting low to the ground in front of the stopped vehicle. One or two people with fish landing nets got off the vehicle and netted the cats.

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