Wild life at risk

2016-05-31 06:00

MEMBERS of the Assagay Wild Life Watch are urging members of the community to always have their dogs contained in their yards and never to use snares as it is harmful to the wildlife in the area.

According to Trish Edwards, the Wildlife Watch was initiated about four years ago after the wildlife had been decimated by six wolves owned by a Botha’s Hill resident. Once they were sent to a wolf sanctuary, it was decided that the watch will monitor the surviving wildlife and record all reported sightings.

“This year there were many sightings such as bush pig, porcupine, a white tailed mongoose and Grey duiker,” she said.

“It is imperative that we try to protect our wildlife as every unnecessary death of a wild animal is a tragic loss. They already survive under stressful conditions and should be protected at all costs,” said Loughlin.

She said that when it comes to dogs, “It is immensely important that dog owners do whatever is necessary to keep their dogs confined to their own property and that when they are 'walked', they are on a leash.”

She said that once the animal is free and picks up a scent it goes into predator mode and can become very destructive.

“They are no longer the gentle beast you know and love, but something far more powerful and instinctual.”

When it comes to snares Edwards said that these are anchored cables or wire nooses set to catch animals.

“They are one of the simplest traps to make, cheap to produce and easy to set in large numbers and they are a huge problem in many areas because of this. A snare traps an animal around the neck or the body and gradually tightens around the animal the more it tries to struggle and get free and eventually ultimately results in a long and painful death for an animal.”

Edwards is appealing to the community to stop endangering the lives of the animals.
She also appealed to readers to report any suspected poaching and evidence of snares or suspicious animal deaths, to SA CAN on 0861672226 as well as emailing her on: assagay.wildlifewatch@gmail.com.

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