Andean cat (Leopardus jacobitus)
I‘m planning a trip to Chile and Argentina, and knowing the ultra high difficulty of observe this animal in the wild, i appreciate any information about companies or guides who can guide me to track and try to observe this fascinating animal.
A greeting and thank you very much at everyone.
Apparently they’re seen occasionally at night by spotlighting along roads in Lauca. The road through the mountains from putre is good for huemul, but it is tricky and needs luck. I hear Andean cats are easier in Salar de Surire national monument, where tour groups, researchers, and visitors have seen them in the past. Try spotlighting around here where youre more likely to get lucky with a sighting.
Look at this tour company page: http://www.fsexpeditions.com/our-wildlife-blog/viewpost/191.html
They photographed an Andean Cat at Salar de Surire. Apparently often seen here at dawn and dusk and at night.
On a side note, I have seen Patagonian Weasel in western Santa Cruz Province in the plains from a road very early in the morning (very luck) – can’t remember the road name though.
All the best and good luck
Thank you very much for your answers. They are of great value to me.
Best regards, and again thank you very much.
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I don’t think there’s much info on that species, but according to Vladimir Dinets, Laura National Park in Chile is “pretty good” for Andean cats. There’s a lot of good info about cats in general on his website
I hope that helps.