The City of Cape Town successfully captured and relocated the caracal that was responsible for the recent spate of endangered African penguin fatalities which occurred in the area south of Links Crescent, close to Froggy Pond in Simon’s Town. This portion of the Simon’s Town shoreline was closed to members of the public in order to trap the cat and has now been re-opened. Read more below:
The female caracal was successfully trapped at approximately 19:00 on Friday, 8 July 2016, at the south end of Froggy Pond. The animal was tranquilised in the cage and examined by a local veterinarian. It was found to be a healthy adult female and the veterinarian confirmed that the caracal was not lactating.
The cat, which was fitted with a tracking collar, was transported back to her original roaming territory in the Table Mountain National Park and released. It has been confirmed that the cat has settled down and its movements will be monitored.‘The three penguins that were used as live lures in separate cages were released. They were unharmed and showed no signs of distress. We wish to thank everyone involved who assisted with this project to ensure a successful outcome for the penguins and for the caracal.
‘The City also thanks members of the public for their patience and co-operation,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.