I unfortunately witnessed first hand the devastation of the "controlled" fires they have conducted recently in the south western section of the park. We drove through the recently burnt area on the H2-2, first we saw a very bewildered and disoriented looking single wild dog crossing the road, he was in obvious distress, probably got separated from his pack during the fire and got lost. This I could still shake, but few things could have prepared me for what we saw next. An Impala, badly burnt around his eyes, cheeks, jaw, neck and stomach areas. His ears were beyond scorched and the dead tissue was visibly hanging. This is most upsetting and I cannot imagine the pain and suffering this animal has to endure. I have reported it to the gentleman at Afsaal who kindly contacted the section ranger to report the sighting, I have no idea if any action were taken.
I do not have a picture of the wild dog, but managed to take this pic of the Impala, my apologies for the poor quality, but that was the last thing on my mind.
I would really like to know from SANParks what measures if any are taken to ensure the safety of animals, especially ones like impala and wild dog who I would imagine can outrun fire under normal circumstances, who manages these fires and how controlled are they really??????
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