The e-mail below, from the
Endangered Wildlife Trust, was forwarded via the Waterberg Nature Conservancy. It has been re-produced as we have
had, from time to time, packs of wild dogs visiting the farm for a few days.
From: Deon Cilliers
Sent: Thursday, September
02, 2010 1:28 PM
Subject: Wild Dogs in the
Hi guys. Just a quick
report back on the wild dogs in the Waterberg.
I received very good updates from all of you and others in
the Waterberg just after my last request for any pictures taken of the
wild dogs that were seen in the Waterberg. I mapped all these sightings and
could clearly identify 3 packs of wild dogs which were roaming over the
A possible den was recently found by one of the landowners
close to Marken, but due to logistics with a collar, veterinarian and capture
operation, this pack has now moved off and we do not know where they are
now. This seemed to be remnants of the larger of the 3 packs in the Waterberg.
We suspect that a portion of this pack dispersed just before the denning
season,as a small pack of dogs were reported between Vaalwater and Nylstroom,
and then also close to Roedtan on the
It seems as if the other two packs literally disappeared
during the past three months.... possible having dens on farms where no
permanent people stay......
During the past three weeks, small packs of wild dogs have
been reported to the west of Vaalwater, but these sightings were of two or
three wild dogs.
We at the EWT continue to be concerned over these wild dogs
but the reality is that mass capture operations and relocations to other
areas are simply not possible....... due to the non-existence of new
relocation areas in SA.
These wild dogs are doing extremely well in the Waterberg,
without any human management and although some people are apparently shooting
some of these wild dogs, they continue to survive and should be seen as a
huge asset to the Waterberg Biosphere and to wild dog conservation in
I am once again requesting all of you as well as other
Waterberg landowners and managers to continue reporting the wild dogs to me and
to send photos if you manage to snap the dogs. All this continues to assist us
to gain a better understanding of the wild dogs in the
We have two collars on stand-by should the opportunity arise
for us to actually get our hands on one of the wild dogs and to collar
it. The EWT is also planning to initiate a project focused on the
management of these wild dogs in the Waterberg, but as NGO, we can only do this once
we have secured long term funding.
Looking forward to continued reports and
Wildlife Conflict Mitigation