De – Snaring Report for October 2007
Nicodemus Kivindyo – team leader Mathew Kiura Samuel Odero Peter Wambua John Malonza Peter Ndungu Samuel Masaku 2 KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of October, the Burra team covered the following areas: Sagala ranch, Mgeno ranch, Ndii area and the Taita ranch.
225 SNARES RECOVERED 2 ARRESTS
During the month of October the team lifted a total of 225, out of which 145 targeted small game and 80 targeted big game.
Due to the ongoing drought, the snaring of wild animals has increased, especially in the community ranches, which are adjacent to the park and are home for a lot of wildlife, which migrate into the ranches in search of food and water. The reason poaching is so prevalent in the group ranches is due to the fact that the movement of poachers is less restricted. For this reason the team concentrated most of its desnaring activities in these areas.
Sagala Ranch Most of the snares lifted in this area targeted small game. Both illegal logging and charcoal burning were observed to be taking place. The perpetrators are from the community areas adjacent to the ranch.
Mugeno Ranch Unlike Sagala ranch, most of the snares lifted at Mugeno ranch targeted big game, which co-exists with the livestock that is grazed in this area.
Ndii Area Despite the fact that this area is within the protected area and is fenced to control human wildlife conflict, the community still enters the park in order to poach the wildlife and to carry out illegal logging and charcoal burning activities.
Taita Ranch This region had the least number of snares collected during the team’s patrols.
Buffalo Rescue The team together with a keeper came to the aid of a buffalo that was stuck in the mud at the Lualenyi ranch dam.
In conjunction with KWS the Burra desnaring team organized a field trip for Sowa primary school.
Report by Mathew Kiura