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Poaching using snares

Unread postby Heksie » Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:08 pm

wire snares have proved to be the deadliest - a silent killerthat can remain undetected for long periods until some unfortunate animal stumbles into it, and faces a lsow and agonising death. The wnares are non selective for species, sex or age, and often the animals life is totally wasted as the poacher does not come back to check all the snares, and the carcass will rot!


I was just thinking a bit and I would just like to know what is the current situation with wire snares in the Kruger National Park and what is being done to reduce the snares?
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby Crested Val » Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:25 pm

Heksie, there have been two reports in the last day or so, of two different injured lions, that looked as though they had been caused by snares. :twisted: :twisted:

One was near Punda, and one was on the Shing - Punda road. :sniper:
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:13 pm

Vigilant patrols through the bush by Rangers :thumbs_up:
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby Heksie » Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:38 pm

cheetah2111 wrote:Vigilant patrols through the bush by Rangers :thumbs_up:


How do you know they are doing it?
Do you know that rangers patrol the fences next to the border because that is where the most snares are?
How many snares were taken out of the bush this year?
Because these past few weeks there are a lot of reports of animals seen with snares on their necks etc...
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby DuQues » Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:39 pm

I have seen quite a few of those patrols. Which means I have missed seeing quite a few more.
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby Heksie » Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:36 pm

I never meant to say there aren't patrols. I just want to know if they are then definitely combing the bush or searching for snares. And how many have been found this year?
Or maybe more important: How many animals have died this year of snares?
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby threedogs » Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:59 am

A very valid question to ask Heksie! In the shadow of rhino-poaching, snaring can have a devastating impact on a wide variety of species. I would be really interested to know if there is any data which can inform us as to whether snare poaching is increasing, stable or decreasing?
As an aside: At the Painted Dog Project in Hwange a few years ago I was totally shocked to see the hundreds and hundreds of wire snares they had collected! Not to mention the remains of dogs that had died in them! Wild Dogs are very vulnerable to snaring. In Hwange they have fitted many dogs with special studded collars that save their lives as the packs there are small and the loss of any individual can spell disaster for a pack.
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby hilda » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:41 am

I sincerely hope someone can answer these questions Heksie! I am almost sure that there will be some statistics on the amount of animals found in snares, as well as where they were found. What a horrible way to die, completely helpless! :cry:

A very good thread you have started here! Let's hope for some answers! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:54 am

:( :evil: :sniper:
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:48 am

Absolutely terrible!!!

Do hope we could get some info. And if there is a possible way to help with this.
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby Rooies » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:49 am

The sad thing about this is that these scumbags set up several snares. When they come to inspect the snares and find an animal in the first snare, they don't bother to inspect the rest. Most of these poachers haven't got fridges, so there is no point in taking several animals home. The excess meat will simply rot. When they have devoured the first animal, fresh traps will be set.

We had the same problem at our farm in the Free State. There was a specific area close to the river where snares were regularly set up. Sometimes I caught them redhanded and then I would fire a couple of shots at them with the 30-06, aiming just above their heads. It gave me such pleasure watching them running away and in the process, losing their shoes, jackets and hats. Some of them jumped into the ice cold waters of the river (during winter) to escape.
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby threedogs » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:10 am

@Rooies: those actions you took on the farm must have been quite satisfying! :wink: At least in the short term!
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby Heksie » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:35 am

Yes I agree with 3dogs but did it actually decrease the number of snares you found in time?
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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby hilda » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:04 pm

Heksie wrote:did it actually decrease the number of snares you found in time?


Good question Heksie, but I think if they were scared on a regular basis, it should have decreased the number of snares, at least at that farm.

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Re: Poaching using snares

Unread postby Heksie » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:23 pm

It has been a month now... :slap:
Is there no statistics on snares in the Parks? :hmz:
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