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Call to battle against snaring

Call to battle against snaring

Call to battle against snaring

The fight against snaring is on-going within the Seboba Conservation Area and Enviro911 is committed to the effort. The public are often the first to raise the alarm and recently Enviro911 received a call from a person who noticed numerous snares when walking his dog along the river frontage.

Not having the correct tools to disable and remove snares, he called Enviro911 and 21 snares were subsequently removed. Despite this, snaring in the same vicinity continues; a young bushbuck has been rescued from a painful death and is now recuperating at CARACAL Biodiversity Environmental Training and Education Centre.

Snaring appears to be on the increase and concerned Chobe residents rallied behind Enviro911 and CARACAL to carry out a thorough snare sweep. Despite short notice, a further 30 snares were collected.

Six of these snares were found at an old termite mound; the mound had six entrance burrows which a tracker identified as a porcupine den. Each entrance had a log pulled across it with a snare attached covering the entrance to the burrow. Any animal entering or leaving would have to pass through the loop, easily becoming ensnared.

Snaring is a serious form of poaching which decimates the wildlife and is a cruel and harsh way for an animal to die. It is apparent that despite the snare sweeps, more work needs to be done to protect wildlife. Animal protection officers are needed to patrol the area, and the public needs to be educated. If all sectors of the Chobe community are willing to assist, this is achievable.

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 11, Dec 2012)

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