GOLDEN JACKAL (Canis aureus)

The golden jackal is a medium-sized canid that resembles a fox but with longer legs and a stockier body. Its coat can vary, but mostly ranges from a golden colour to a yellowish brown with dark mottled patches. Its short tail is often darker than its body.


Signs of presence and activity


The clues which point to the presence of golden jackals are similar to those left by foxes, and the two can easily be mistaken for one another.


The jackal’s footprints are longer and narrower than those of a fox. When it runs, the rear legs do not overtake the front legs, but remain one behind the other.
The pads on the middle toes are joined. However, this feature cannot necessarily be used to identify a jackal in the wild, as their footprints are rarely perfectly defined.


Jackal droppings are difficult to distinguish from those of foxes, and vary depending on what the animal has been eating. They are often used to mark territory and are left alongside tracks or on bushes.


After dark, jackals form groups and howl together before setting off to hunt, sometimes with exchanges between several groups.



A group of Golden Jackals howling at dusk / Romania :

Scavenging and turtle as a meal.

Footprint on cow dung.

Jackals group together at dusk before setting off to hunt.

Golden jackal tracks.

Collision on a national road in the Carpathians.

During the day, a jackal hunts rodents in the plain.

The middle fingers are fused.

A group of three jackals crosses the plain.

Golden jackal droppings.

The size of the jackal is between the wolf and the fox.

Territorial marking on a clump of dry grass.

Droppings in sight on a bush.

The print is long and thin.

Jackal den used this spring.