Goats snared in poachers’ trap

2010-07-08 00:00

THE Bisley Valley Nature Reserve fell prey to poachers yesterday morning when three goats were found trapped in snares.

Senior Inspector Jeanette Salzwedel of the Pietermaritzburg SPCA arrived at the reserve after being called to assist. Salzwedel said the goats, which had entered the reserve through a cut fence, were obviously distressed but seemed to have suffered no harm.

“One of the goats managed to free itself,” Salzwedel added, but a snare was still attached to its neck. She said it was fortunate that the snare had been cut and added that the SPCA will stay in contact with the reserve to ensure the goat is captured and given medical attention. The remaining goats were taken back to the SPCA for treatment.

More than five wire snares were removed and the cut fence was reportedly being fixed yesterday.

In related news, SPCA Inspector Rob Deere was called to an incident at Peatties Lake where a dog was found trapped in a snare. The dog’s hindquarters were so severely injured in the trap that it had to be euthanised.

On his way to rescue the trapped animal, Deere picked up another three or four snares.

SPCA spokesperson Maureen Vida said snares around the city’s greenbelt area are becoming more prevalent. Animals caught in snares often die agonising deaths because the snares become tighter when they attempt to free themselves, she said.

She added that measures against poaching and the placement of snares and traps in reserves and around Pietermaritzburg should be stepped up to protect animals.

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