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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:08 pm 
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[quote="Rooies"]The presence of feral dogs does not necessarily mean that poachers are involved. Owners of these animals often hail from impoverished communities who are unable to look after the animals. They become wild in order to survive and eventually leave their owners. [quote]

In this case since the owners have been seen with them, and the fact that feral dogs will not survive in such a good condition with the natural competitors like Lion and Leopard and Hyena I think this is a case of hunting.

Dang, first it was the hungry kids we had to worry about, now it's the dogs. :slap:

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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:32 pm 
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I missed the part about the owners being seen with the dogs. I agree in principle, shoot the dogs one sight and me personally will have a go at the poachers themselves. (I have just cleaned and got the .243 and 7mm ready for the annual Springbok, Blesbok, Kudu and Gemsbok hunt) A dead feral dog and its owner will do any crocodile good. Just remember to take extra supplies of Rennies and Gaviscon for the croc.

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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
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Can anyone confirm that this incident was actually reported.


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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
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yoda wrote:
Can anyone confirm that this incident was actually reported.


A week before these dogs were spotted by Elsa on a game drive a suspected poacher was killed by a buffalo on the 21st Feb in the same area. Surely after sympathising with the family of the deseased there must be a drive from SANParks to prevent a reoccuring incident and another fatality. How can you leave it to the next day when you know these people can be killed by wild animals. :big_eyes:

A few years back I've also seen people walking along the the Mahonie loop just after spotting an agitated elephant that stormed our car. The ranger went out to locate these illegal immigrant and brought them back to camp and contacted the police ao that they could be relocated.

See media release

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Media Release: KNP Buffalo fatally attacked a suspected fish poacher
Back to all newsDate: 22nd February 2012


Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers together with the South African Police Services (SAPS) discovered a dead body of someone who is believed to be a fish suspected poacher who was attacked by a buffalo on February 21, 2012 at Mphongolo River inside the Park. The body was discovered after it was reported to the Chief of Mavilingwe Village, an area south of Punda Maria Gate and the case was referred to the local Police Station and Rangers for further investigation.


Three individuals who are currently fish poaching suspects and were with the deceased yesterday when he met his untimely death tried to carry him after the attack but eventually left him under the tree to go and seek assistance. Upon receiving the news, the police together with KNP Rangers immediately rushed to the area and upon arrival, they discovered that the man had passed on already.

According to the three suspects who were with the deceased, the four men entered the park in the afternoon of February 21, 2012 to go fishing in the river illegally using gill nets. Whilst on the way there, they came across a single buffalo bull sleeping under the trees, but it woke up and charged them upon detecting their movements. They all ran to different directions. The three surviving suspects managed to escape the buffalo but the deceased was not lucky as he happened to be the target of the buffalo which viciously attacked him over a long distance until he met his untimely death. It was only after the surviving suspects ran home for assistance and that is when the case was reported to the police on the same night.

“On behalf of SANParks, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the family for the loss of their loved one”, said the KNP’s HOD: Public Relations, Mr William Mabasa. He went on to send a strong warning to poachers to stay away from the Park as there are dangerous wild animals roaming around. “Many lives have been unnecessarily lost to wild animals due to people not taking the necessary precautions”, concluded Mr Mabasa.



Issued by:
Laura Mukwevho, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441 or email: laura.mukwevho@sanparks.org


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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
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Many, many years ago there was uproar in
Letaba camp!! All rushed to the embankment
to stare at the lost sole wandering in the riverbed!

Suitcase an' all.

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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
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H. erectus wrote:
Many, many years ago there was uproar in
Letaba camp!! All rushed to the embankment
to stare at the lost sole wandering in the riverbed!

Suitcase an' all.


Weird that the dogs carry suitcases now. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
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They travel light, Scipio. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
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Well Scips??? any upright wanderer travelling
lightly through Kruger!!!??????

Or would you rather re-discover a new
anthropological thread for a lost cause???

Very much the same would be feral humans
wandering around like dogs>

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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
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Rooies asked if dogs could interbreed with african wild dogs . I don't think it is possible, as they are from different genii. The dog is Canis lupus domesticus (dog wolf domestic ) and the wild dog is Lycaon pictus (wolf painted). They are however both Canidae , and affected by many of the same diseases.

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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
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'with suitcases.!!

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Would like to hear official comment/action. :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
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The Pafuri ranger, who is female, has five dogs. That might explain the dog-in-car-sighting.

In January, I met a gentleman walking up the tar road near Klopperfontein. He was barefoot, but had a nice pair of shoes hanging around his neck. When I asked him where he was going, he replied "Mozambique".

Also in January, I watched what looked like a whole family, kids, baby and all, cross the Limpopo (which happend to be in flood) from Zimbabwe.

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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
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The Pafuri ranger, who is female, has five dogs.

Please excuse my ignorance here, if any however
I am under the impression that employees in the
parks were not allowed to have pets. Am I to be
enlightened once more???

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 Post subject: Re: Feral dogs sighted on the Mahonie Loop
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section rangers have always been allowed to have dogs :wink:

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