Snare Poaching Increasing In Kruger National Park

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SANParks have reported an increase in the discovery of snares laid by in the .

It is suspected that the snares are used to trap animals for illegal trade. A is a wire loop, either hung from a tree or placed in the grass or small bushes, in an effort to trap any animals that come into contact with them.

Snare Increasing In Kruger National Park

The snares tighten as the animals struggle and try to free themselves. Some stronger animals are able to pull themselves free but are then stuck with the snare around their neck or legs.

These snares often don’t immediately kill the animal but rather cause incredible pain until the animal is too weak and dies, or is easily killed by a predator.

It is suspected that these snares are put down by a syndicate involved in the bushmeat trade, reports SANParks, as they collect significant numbers of snares. They have recorded up to 200 individual snares collected from a small area, according to Isaac Phaahla, Marketing and Communications general manager for Kruger National Park.

The Park also found antelope corpses trapped in snares, which they say indicate that these are set by an organised group rather than individuals using the traps for subsistence.

Isaac Phaahla said:

‘We have seen an increase and have intensified our operations in the hotspots,

We have regular patrols and operations to remove the snares on a daily basis, it is the core duties of our Rangers Corps,

We also have outreach educational programs to communities and media campaigns.’

Snared lioness in the Kruger National Park | J.J Jones
Photo: Ed Stoddard
Snared Elephant | Via Lowvelder

This article was first published by Wildest on 20 September 2019.


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Karen Lyons kalmenson
Karen Lyons kalmenson

Poachers should be poached into extinction

Robert Piller
Robert Piller

Have they never thought of somehow snaring the poachers when they return to the traps. Legal, as in evidence for the courts as in cam traps, or otherwise.

Rekha Giri

Snaring is the cheapest and painful weapon …. poachers are using it mostly… And very difficult to detect in marshy area..