from page 1 Wildlife in crisis

2016-03-29 06:00
A female Bushbuck caught in a private pedestrian gate in the Nkomba Conservation area.  Photo:

A female Bushbuck caught in a private pedestrian gate in the Nkomba Conservation area. Photo:

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“We need to think creatively if we want to safeguard the survival of our wildlife into the future.”

George Victor, Hillcrest Conservancy chairman, agreed: “We all enjoy spotting a free wild animal like a shy duiker, but such sights will become more rare as unfortunately, their numbers are sadly declining.
“Our remaining and limited local wildlife often endure horrific suffering and untimely deaths, due to ever-increasing incidents involving either being trapped inside fenced areas, injured by fencing, chased by dogs, hunted and snared, injured or usually, killed by traffic, deprived of access to natural water sources, etc., all as a result of the encroachment of humans into their natural habitat.”
He said that to preserve the surviving local wildlife and hopefully increase their numbers, this is an appeal to:

• Consider wildlife when adding another boundary fence, e.g. on stream and/or river edges.

• Install wildlife friendly-type boundary fencing (to avoid incidents as per photo below).

• Sisal plants, Agave sisalana, a declared invasive, causes painful injuries and suffering to wildlife when they are chased into these and this is getting worse due to the invasive growth of these plants.

• Ensure your dogs are securely contained in your property.

• Drive with extra care in areas where wildlife is likely to occur - forests, nature reserves.

If you see any person(s) with wildlife carcass(es) or snares, etc., please note where the suspects are heading and phone SA Can immediately on 086 162 3646. They will contact Ezemvelo and the police dog unit. Location of set or sprung snares and other wildlife incidents can also be reported to SA Can.

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