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a coordinated response to the threat of snares to wildlife in the Western Cape of South Africa
are the most commonly used method to catch wildlife for bushmeat in South Africa. A snare is an anchored noose made from wire, rope, or cable that is used to capture an animal. They are cheap and easy to make.
In the Western Cape, across agricultural and fynbos landscapes, snares are set to catch game species such as small antelope and porcupine.
This illegal hunting method is indiscriminate and cruel.
It takes a toll on the entire ecosystem and it impacts heavily on iconic species like leopards.
What should you do if you find a live animal in a snare?
If you discover a live wild animal caught in a snare in the Western Cape, call the Snare Free hotline: 076 127 8485. Keep your distance from the animal, and have the following information available for the hotline operator:
Phone and inform us:
is the animal? (GPS coordinates/pin preferable)
animal species has been caught (if known) & more situational information
you are and how we can reach you
Snares in the Western Cape
Evidence indicates that the use of snares is increasing in the Western Cape. Studies suggest this is particularly affecting agricultural landscapes. A Cape Leopard Trust patrol officer achieved the following during a one year snare monitoring project in the Western Cape.
snares found during patrols over one year
patrols conducted on foot
kms distance covered
properties scanned for snares
snares per patrol on average removed
In order to address this threat, Snare Free was created. This is a collaborative network of conservation, animal welfare and volunteer organisations. We’ve adopted a multi-pronged approach to help both animals and people thrive in the ecosystems we share.
For the animals
Providing a coordinated response to snared wildlife incidents in the Western Cape, South Africa.
For THE people
Improving training, data collection and awareness to stop snaring in the Western Cape.
You can help address this threat. Find out more here.