Snare patrol in the Magaliesberg Mountain

A group of Kameeldrift residents, Friends of WESSA Wesmoot-Magalies and conservation groups moved into the Magaliesberg Mountain in the Kameeldrift area recently to remove snares.

The snare hunters of Wesmoot-Magalies

“We became aware of the severity of snares in our area after a resident’s dog went missing and after searching for days, the dog was unfortunately found dead in a snare. After finding her dog, she removed over 50 snares in the area. This sparked the initiative to start regular snare hunts,” says Elize Pieterse, chairperson of Friends of WESSA Wesmoot-Magalies.

The conservation organisation, KaiNav Conservation assisted the group by first educating them about snares and what to look for, and then assisted in the snare hunt. Over 30 people joined, scouring the mountain area for snares and removing them. “We want to thank everyone who got involved. It was a successful day and we will be planning more such expeditions,” Elize said.

A snare found in the mountain