Baboon Caught In Snare Near Monkeyland

2nd July 2013
What is a snare you might ask:

Snares are anchored cable or wire nooses set to catch wild animals such as squirrels and rabbits and other animals. In the USA, they are most commonly used for capture and control of surplus furbearers, and, especially, for food collection. They are also widely used by subsistence and commercial hunters for bushmeat consumption and trade in African forest regions.  In South Africa (on the Garden Route) “gossip” tells of a tourism company that will buy small wild cats from you that you caught in a snare!  How much truth there is in that we as SAASA companies might never know but we hope it is as false as Lara having recently given birth to triplets!   We know in our region the people living in the local village of Kurland use the animals caught in snares for bushmeat!

Snares are one of the simplest traps and are sadly very effective. They are cheap to produce and easy to set in large numbers. A snare traps an animal around the neck or the body; a snare consists of a noose made usually by wire or a strong string. Snares are widely criticised by animal welfare groups for their evident cruelty.

Snares are regulated in many jurisdictions, but are illegal in other jurisdictions, such as in much of Europe. Different regulations apply to snares in those areas where they are legal. In Iowa, snares have to have a 'deer stop' which stops a snare from closing all the way. In the United Kingdom, snares must be 'free-running' so that they can relax once an animal stops pulling, thereby allowing the trapper to decide whether to harvest the animal or release it. Following a consultation on options to ban or regulate the use of snares, the Scottish Executive announced a series of measures on the use of snares, such as the compulsory fitting of safety stops, ID tags and marking areas where snaring takes place with signs. In some jurisdictions, swivels on snares are required, and dragging (non-fixed) anchors are prohibited.

Sadly in South Africa we have CURRENTLY no restrictions in place when it comes to the using of snares!!! 

Hats off to Vet Brendan Tindall, Wendy Abott and Vivian De Bruyn from the, Lee Decker of Birds of Eden and Dominic Winkel from Monkeyland for trekking through the thick undergrowth and bearing a full on attack from the alpha male who was insistent on protecting his girl! (A Thank you as well to Claire Hamilton who bravely took the photos!)

See more of Claire's photo's on the ordeal of this young Baboon on