In my experience there is no typical 'predation case' (although patterns of behaviors tend to be similar in possible big cat predation events). This being the case I tend to approach matters,
initially (and fully dependent on your wishes), in the following way:
- First, I will have an in-depth discussion on the phone regarding the events you are encountering.
- Should you or I then feel that an onsite investigation is wanted/required I will arrange a time to come and speak to you in person at the event
- When I meet you I will then ask you to describe the events and undertake a inspection of the area and if the carcass of the animal is still available
undertake an 'amateur autopsy' of the animal. This usually entails skinning the animals neck/spine to see if there are signs of puncture wounds or a broken spine or neck.
- Dependent upon the results of this initial meeting I usually provide advice about what to do next; this usually involves me undertaking a full
investigation of the immediate surroundings, undertaking a vigil/s at the location, possibly setting up some on-site trigger cameras & offering guidance regarding protection of livestock.
- The investigation continues after this point as you wish.
Please note that my investigations are a private matter between yourself and me and will be treated in the strictest confidence. Investigations will be tailored to what you want; not what I want.
The aforementioned 'investigation template' is just to give an example of how things tend to proceed once I have met up with people.