Funding for this research was provided by:
University of Cape Town
National Research Foundation (98110)
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Received: 30 October 2019
Accepted: 10 April 2020
First Online: 30 April 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Animals used in the study originating in the Central Karoo region of South Africa were culled by professional hunters as part of a predator-control program in accordance with regulations of the provincial conservation authority (CapeNature permit number AAA007-00161-0056). On application to CapeNature, carcasses were made available to the project for sample collection (permit no. 0056-AAA007-00161). Ethical clearance was not required by the University of Cape Town Science Faculty Animal Ethics Committee as no animals were killed specifically for the research purposes of this project. Ethical clearance for the capture and sample collection from caracals in Namaqualand was obtained through the University of Cape Town Science Faculty Animal Ethics Committee (2013/V30/BC). Permits for the collection and use of blood samples were issued by the appropriate national (South African National Parks: CRC-2013/029-2014) and provincial authorities (Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation: FAUNA 1157/2013; FAUNA 1158/2013). Ethical clearance for capture and sample collection from caracals on the Cape Peninsula was obtained through the University of Cape Town Science Faculty Animal Ethics Committee (2014/V20/LS). Permits for the collection and use of blood samples were issued by South African National Parks (2014/CRC/2014-017, 2015/CRC/2014-017) and CapeNature (AAA007-00147-0056).
: Not applicable.
: All authors declare that they have no competing interests.