Cape fox

Kaapsevos, silwervos, draaijakkals

Vulpes chama

This lightly built typical fox is about the size of its North American cousin, the Red fox (Vulpes vulpes).  In the Western Cape research has revealed that around 10% of the stomach contents of sample animals have been preying on small lambs.  (Bear in mind though, that it is not possible to tell whether it killed a live lamb or picked up a dead one.)

Most live stock farmers have an attitude of indifference about them, as opposed to an active pursuit of the Black-backed jackal.  I let them go when encountering them on night calling, unless the farmer assures me that it is the culprit.

Mistakes

Cape fox can easily be confused with juvenile Black-backed jackal, so take care when night calling for predators.

Did you know?

By inspecting the carcass of a sheep, one can usually tell what had killed it, by simply looking it the spread of canine teeth punctures on the sheep’s throat.  Cape fox is about 15mm, Black-backed jackal about 25mm, and feral dogs about 35mm or more.