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Leopard in snare: Game poaching in Manyeleti Reserve is out of control

The unbridled poaching of wild animals in the Manyeleti Game Reserve has gotten out of hand and drastic steps must urgently be taken to put a stop to it.

The FF Plus viewed shocking video footage taken of a male leopard with a cable snare abound its body in this Big-Five Reserve.

The snare had drawn so tight that it left a deep, large, gaping wound all the way around its body.

This is not the first animal caught in a snare in this Reserve. Snares must frequently be removed from lions and hyenas.

The fence between the Reserve and the surrounding local community is in a terrible condition, and poachers simply walk into the Reserve with their hunting dogs.

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) conducts nearly no anti-poaching operations during the night.

In an official letter to the MEC for Tourism and Economic Development, Ms Nompumeleleo Hlophe, the FF Plus posed pertinent questions about anti-poaching initiatives and also requested an urgent meeting with her.

The policing of game and poaching must be intensified. A permanent anti-poaching unit that patrols day and night must also be established.

Action must be taken at once, because in a decade’s time and at the current rate of poaching, there will be very little left of many of the species in Manyeleti, which borders on the Kruger National Park.

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