Capturing cats is no easy task, but luckily, we have managed to a record breaking of unbelievable 141 individuals! Animals were caught for a series of motives, mostly to attend Brazilian environmental regulations related to studies of environmental assessments and/or monitoring (the majority), or purely scientific.
Success can be 1 cat/night but, on special occasions, it could get up to 5 cats/day. This has happened before, believe it or not!
These captures comprise the leading researchers career achievements. Animals captured were either radio-collared (few due to lack of funds) and/or had biological samples collected for disease or genetic analyses.
We usually trap cats using Tomahawk style traps. Afterwards we sedate the animal and proceed to work. Once the effect of the sedative passes the animal is released. We follow standard protocols designed to minimize the stress to the individual.