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Re: Wild Dog Den near P'kop?!

Unread post by Aat » Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:45 pm

Last update here has been some time ago so love to share our AWD (Painted Dogs) sighting with you.

Related to my last story in the Travel Tales section.

It was a pack of about 30 all together, 5k from Satara camp on and along the H7, early morning where the pack was sleeping, waking up, pre-hunting bonding and playing.

Enjoy: :) :)


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Here some members of the pack sleeping

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Getting a bit closer and watching how they socialize

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With the golden light it was even more beautiful. Another 7 of the big pack.

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Funny, stretching in the morning is one of their favorites…

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Re: Wild dog sightings

Unread post by RemiE » Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:52 pm

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Aat
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wild dog fight

Unread post by flying cheetah » Sun Dec 01, 2013 4:27 pm

I'm just back from my annual trip to Kruger.
Sightingwise the trip started very slow (took me 2 weeks to find my first leopard) then it got better and better and the last week was simply incredible.
Altogether I had 6 wild dog sightings and I would say that I spend more than 6 hours with them.
The most spectacular sighting I had on my last morning and now I would like to tell you the story:
Last Wednesday I saw a pack of 11 dogs at 6 pm just 1 km north of the Matjulu bridge (BnD area).
They were walking in the Afsaal direction and of course I made a plan to find them again the following day. In the morning I was second at the gate, ignored the lions beside the road and drove to the tar road where I have seen them the day before.
They were just 2 km's away and still sleepy when I found them.
After 15 minutes they got up, started to socialize and I thought that they soon would start to hunt.
Suddenly 3 adult dogs walked a bit away from the others and looked up the tar road northwards.
First I could see nothing but soon I saw 6-7 other dogs speeding towards "my" pack.
I thought they belong together but when they got nearer they all started a serious fight.
They attacked each other in the same way as they attack their prey animals and for more then 5 minutes there was hell all over the place and it was nearly impossible to follow all the action.
But from what I saw I think there was at least one dog killed and one seriously injured!!
Has anyone of you seen something like that before and do you know if this happens regularly?
For me it was a fascinating but also shocking sighting and all that I know after this experience is that I definitely have to learn more about these amazing animals!
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Re: wild dog fight

Unread post by Delene D » Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:29 pm

Flying Cheetah. That must have been frightening and awesome to watch. I will definitely have to read up some more about wild dogs as well. I hope someone can shed some light on this .

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Re: wild dog fight

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:15 pm

That must have been a rather unnerving sighting FC, lovely to see them but not fighting to the death like that. :(
I would imagine they were from a different pack and had intruded on the first packs territory to cause such aggression.
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Re: wild dog fight

Unread post by Carol g » Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:19 pm

FC :big_eyes: :big_eyes: great to see all the wild dogs but must have also been a bit upsetting yet exciting to watch
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Re: wild dog fight

Unread post by pamelajane » Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:35 pm

Wow - that must be a one in a million sighting :big_eyes: I can imagine it was both exciting and distressing at the same time -thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:

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Re: Wild dog sightings

Unread post by Phokojwe » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:13 pm

Flying Cheetah, that must have been something to see :big_eyes:

Do you have any pics of the encounter?
I have asked Grant Beverley (Field Officer - Kruger Park Wild Dog Project).
He is unaware of the incident below and would appreciate if you have some photos and any additional details you might have.
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Re: Wild dog sightings

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:23 pm

:hmz:
That is not nice, but if wild dog packs are encroaching onto one anothers' territory, maybe their numbers are increasing.....
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Re: Wild dog sightings

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Re: Wild dog sightings

Unread post by RosemaryH » Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:23 pm

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Just a reminder to record (with as much detail as possible) your Wild Dog sightings in KNP and submit them to the above :D

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Re: Wild dog sightings

Unread post by Imberbe » Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:31 am

There must have been some great Wild dog sightings during December.

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Re: Wild dog sightings

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:04 am

Sent mine in early-December. 11 wild dogs on a kill just south of Nkulu. Sent photos etc.
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