Wildlife: Outrage over snared buck

2008-07-14 00:00

Joggers in the forest areas around World’s View have expressed their horror at finding numerous animals trapped in snares there.

Stephen Pienaar, a regular jogger on the town trails, said recently he was angered by the fact that a buck, which he said had been identified as a reed buck, was left to rot for two weeks after being caught in a snare.

“Whoever set that snare is not hungry,” he said. “I want whoever set those traps to experience what the animals go through.”

SPCA spokeswoman Maureen Vida said the setting of snares in the greenbelt around the city seems to be increasing, perhaps because of the current economic climate.

She said that she recently found 30 snares while out for a walk in the area between Roberts Road and Victoria Road.

The Witness also spoke to cyclists who said they always carry side-cutters when they ride because of the number of snares they find in the forests.

Snares: What to do

IF you find a snare, do not remove it altogether, but just cut the loop. If snares are removed, they will quickly be replaced, says Theo Cavé of Midlands Wildcare. “If you cut it so that it stays in place, the poacher will check from a distance so as not to leave his scent, and if it looks okay, it could stay for months and will slip off any animal.”

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