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Dogs used against Kruger rhino poachers

2012-10-23 19:09

Johannesburg - Tracking dogs were introduced into the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Tuesday to step up the fight against rhino poaching, KNP said.

"We are doing everything in our ability as [SA National Parks] SANParks to stop this pandemic that we are currently facing as a country," spokesperson William Mabasa said at a passing-out parade in Skukuza.

"The introduction of these dogs to our anti-rhino poaching unit is one of the efforts that we are putting in place. We hope that our rangers will put them to good use."

The five dogs underwent an intensive 10-week training programme, where they were introduced to the bush, learned how to track human scent, to protect team members, sniff out rhino horn and detect ammunition.

The dogs would be placed under the guidance of field rangers, who had been trained as dog handlers.

They would be deployed at Malelane, Letaba, Houtboschrand, Mahlangeni and Woodlands.

Comments
  • natasha.wentink - 2012-10-23 19:17

    Another step in the right direction to save our rhino. Well done! I hope we start seeing the stats slow down... :(

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-23 22:46

      Ja and soon some idiot in goverment will protest against using dogs against human traffickers cause it will violate their human rights and crap like that. You know what I mean.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-24 09:39

      I agree - another good step forward. Husaberg - Unfortunately you're probably right. That's how it goes in SA

  • yuri.maharaj - 2012-10-23 19:19

    Great...our canine friends are noble and will be a help...however, I can't help but think that the army is what we really need to stop poachers.

  • loki.scribus - 2012-10-23 19:21

    Hunt the rhino poachers! And ban Chinese and Vietnamese hunting in Africa until they've learnt to respect our nature.

  • kim.buren - 2012-10-23 19:24

    Great start. Hope they have trained those dogs to tear those poachers apart

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-10-23 19:25

    Once the poachers are found and cornered, the trackers must let the dogs off their leashes to have some fun!! It will be a learning experience for both poacher and tracking dog. hehehehe

  • cliff.vanbelkum - 2012-10-23 19:53

    they must get to the real doods. its not the poachers. they are mere desperate pawns! it is your friends and neighbours organizing this white collar extinction!!!

  • michael.demesmaeker - 2012-10-23 19:57

    Excellent at least something else is getting tried to stop the poaching

  • jennyvandenberg5 - 2012-10-23 19:57

    It is great to see that we have some sort of anti poaching of our Rhinos, but it does not help when you tell the poachers where the dogs are going to be deployed. I would have thought that this information is something that would be only given to the dog trainers and the field rangers. Now we just go and poach where they are not patrolled.

  • fef.gericke - 2012-10-23 20:02

    the blood of a rhino poacher cures aids. please spread the word!

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-23 20:14

      Not only that, if you can catch the buggers in the act, the muti is even more powerful. If you can catch the people who use the horn, their blood is excellent for making you strong.

  • lincoln.sauls - 2012-10-23 20:11

    i wish those dogs can make an example of one of those poachers

  • JohnDough - 2012-10-23 20:17

    Only now? Why was this not done ages ago? Thank you cANCer for your prompt response and caring attitude. NOT!

  • cindy.wrathex.ruthven - 2012-10-23 20:50

    I hope all the right procedures are being followed and that all the domestic dogs being used have thorough veterinary certification and that they will be kept separate from other domestic dogs once in this anti-poaching game park program. Domesticated dogs are risky to use due to the transference of common diseases to the wild life and are banned from game parks all over the world. Let's hope these dogs help sniff out poachers before they slaughter the rhino. I agree with you Toby, about insiders being part of the circle of poaching, the bribes/kickback must be good.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-24 01:15

    I dunno.....domestic dogs in a national park? The idea has merit, but the lions would welcome the new tasty feast as well. In addition, the domestic animals would have to be inoculated well, they carry all sorts of strange germs, so I hear. visa versa.... Anyway, its all about money. Vets, landowners, rangers, police etc.....so many of them have been caught out. This poaching stuff is all about the similarity to 'drug-mules'......the real money spinners are never caught. Just saying and I do not speak from authority. Its an observation.

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