We all enjoy spotting a free wild animal like a shy duiker but such sights will become more rare as unfortunately their numbers are sadly declining. Our remaining and limited local wildlife often endure horrific suffering and untimely deaths, due to ever-increasing incidents involving either being trapped inside fenced areas; injured by fencing; chased by dogs; hunted and snared; injured or usually, killed, by traffic; deprived of access to natural water sources; etc., all as a result of the encroachment of humans into their natural habitat.
To preserve the surviving local wildlife and hopefully increase their numbers, this is an appeal to please:
- Consider wildlife when adding yet another boundary fence, e.g. on stream/river edges
- Install wildlife friendly-type boundary fencing (to avoid incidents as per photo below);
- Sisal plants, Agave sisalana, a declared invasive, causes painful injuries and suffering to wildlife when they are chased into these and this is getting worse due to the invasive growth of these plants.
- Ensure your dogs are securely contained within your property;
- Drive with extra care in areas where wildlife is likely to occur, e.g. forests, Nature Reserve surrounds
- If you see any person/persons with wildlife carcass/es or snares, etc., please note where the suspects are heading and phone SA CAN immediately 086-162-3646. They will contact Ezemvelo and the Police dog unit.
- Location of set or sprung snares and other wildlife incidents can also be reported to SA CAN 086-162-3646.
Note: During the recent combined Hillcrest rail reserve clean up, Hillcrest Park Neighbourhood Watch removed a snare found in a railway culvert along Springside Road near Park Close (a built-up area but close to Springside Nature Reserve).
For our records, please also let us know of your recent and any future, local wildlife sightings, good or bad, to firstname.lastname@example.org