Latest Field Operations Rampant with Deadly Wildlife Snares
Now a month into their introduction to conservation, our new group of rangers are thriving in their newly found roles. Several hundred patrol kilometres have been covered on foot, by vehicle and out on the lake with some notable results so far.
The patrol had intercepted several groups of illegal fishermen during an overnight operation and required the assistance of the Bumi Hills Anti Poaching Unit (BHAPU) in recovering the impounded vessels.
A total of 10 vessels were recovered, most of which belonging to fishermen we have warned and cautioned for using illegal fishing methods in the recent past. The exercise highlighted the need for rangers to be ready for action at all times and they performed admirably out on the lake in their PT kit!
Recent foot patrols have uncovered a resurgence in the use of wire snares to feed the growing demand for bushmeat.
A total of 78 snares were disabled and recovered from the wildlife area.
Some of these were old and rusty but the majority were newly laid and recoveries have shown a return of the use of stainless steel bicycle brake cable which is extremely strong and cuts through flesh easily often causing horrific injuries to animals caught in them.
The rangers also discovered a large number of spent cartridges whilst on foot patrol in an area that is likely to have been used as a rifle range in the past.
As they have been taught, the rangers diligently collected and recorded all the cartridges including taking a GPS waypoint for each of the 256 cartridges they recovered!
Definitely a case of taking their newly learnt skill of data collection in the field to a new level but more information is better than less!