Getting hot, Faust checks back in with Rox for a drink of water.
While we get many call-outs to carnivores on farmland, this week saw something new. I was not sure I was hearing right when I heard that there was apparantly a Lion at the Post Office in Alldays, the nearest small town. A Lion right in town? Stranger things have happened. There were no obvious signs of a Lion, and we began to wonder if the Lion was not in fact just a large domestic dog. As strange as it sounds, it would not be unusual for a Lion report to turn out to be a big dog. To make sure we took Faust into the are this morning for a look for Lion scat.
He showed us a Leopard Scent marking tree, and we saw some fresh Jackal scat that was almost completely removed by dung beetles despite being fresh enough to still be wet, but no sign of a Lion.
Faust covers an area closely
Excitement built at one stage as Faust body language changed and he worked and area very closely and excitedly for some time, but could not seem to pinpoint anything. In our experience this is often the result of dung beetles that have been there before us. The smell is still there in the area, but it is dispersed and there is no single scent source for the dog to pinpoint, and nothing visible or tangible for the handler to confirm that the dog is right. Knowing already that there was a Leopard in the area, it could have been a Leopard scat that was dispersed by dung beetles..... or maybe it was the Lion? Faust is trained on both species so without an actual sample we cannot tell.
For now we will wait and see if there are any more sightings of the Post Office Lion and take it from there. If the animal seen really is a Lion, we hope that she has moved back north into normal Lion range and stays out of town and out of trouble.