At the launch of Snare Free, Cape Leopard Trust Research & Conservation Director Katy Williams said: “It is our hope that the Snare Free project model will be shared widely, as we envision that this type of initiative will be replicable elsewhere.” Since its inception, Snare Free has received several requests from other provinces for guidance and input, reiterating the urgent need for collaborative action to deal with the rise in illegal snare hunting.
CALLS TO ACTION
As the weather warms and people spend more time outdoors this summer, please be on the lookout for snares in the undergrowth and particularly along fence lines.
If you discover a live wild animal caught in a snare in the Western Cape, call the Snare Free hotline for assistance on 076 127 8485.
Keep your distance from the animal, keep noise to a minimum, and advise other people to refrain from entering the area. Have the following information available for the hotline operator:
• Location (GPS coordinates/pin preferable)
• Animal species/description (if known)
• Your contact number
If you discover empty snares or a dead animal caught in a snare, please take a photo and report it to the Cape Leopard Trust’s online Data Portal (app.capeleopard.org.za). You will need to provide the location and a photograph. Carefully remove and dispose of the snare/s responsibly to ensure it cannot be used again.
Visit snarefree.co.za for more information and resources.