Most of the caracals were killed in vehicle collisions, poaching, dog attacks and fires, and some died of illness, according to the Urban Caracal Project.
One of the latest incidents occurred in Noordhoek where a caracal was caught in a snare, said the project’s co-ordinator, Dr Laurel Serieys.
“SANParks rangers were patrolling the wetlands when they discovered an adult tagged female caracal named ‘Spitfire’ in a neck snare. They called the SPCA and were able to safely release Spitfire back into the wetlands.
“However, after releasing her, they discovered the skin of a young caracal which they collected for our study,” Serieys said.