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Illegal hunting with dogs


Agri SA’s Rural Safety Committee recently spent considerable time discussing the problem of illegal hunting with dogs.  Although this is a growing problem, land owners should take extreme care in their actions that could make them liable for prosecution:

The following practical guidelines were compiled:

  • Gathering of evidence and protecting the crime scene by:
  • Keeping evidence of the crime scene uncontaminated until recorded and collected by police, e.g. vehicle tracks, suspect and animal spoor.
  • Ensuring that there are no further suspects in the area.
  • Protecting evidence that may be destroyed.
  • Entry point, open gate, damage fence.
  • No eating, drinking or smoking at the crime scene.
  • Gathering names and addresses of possible witnesses.
  • Not discussing facts with witnesses.
  • Making notes on position of vehicles, suspects, dogs, gates, fences etc.
  • Where possible, take photographs of vehicles, dogs and suspects.
  • Nature Conservation Organisations should immediately be involved and to assist with complaints with illegal hunting.
  • Get the nearest SPCA involved who can also deal with the confiscation of dogs.
  • Farmer Associations should involve the local National Prosecuting Authority at their meetings, where assistance on how to deal with issues of illegal hunting should be discussed.
  • Get involved with the local police and Sector Community Policing Forum.
  • Utilise the Local Priority Committee to develop action plans to deal with the problem, such as patrols and increase awareness programmes.
  • In the event of damages caused by dogs, land owners must also open a case of malicious damage to property and insists on a compensatory fine declaring the value of the property.
  • If hunting was previously permitted and the land owner now wishes to cease hunting, a legal procedure should be followed to inform neighbours, tenants, community members etc that it will no longer be permitted.

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November 2017

The November newsletter contains articles relating to municipalities and stray dogs ; PMiC seeks information for institutional memory ; from the news desk of PMiC, extension of period for commenting on Scientific Assessment ; scab infected jackal to be seen and the first extract from article by Dr. Gerhard Verdoorn on "Roofdiere en boere:  ken jou vyand". Read here



October 2017

Predation Specialist Niel Viljoen tells of his adventures during a study tour to the US recently, activities that was monitored by the Predation Management Information Centre (PMiC) during October ; Predation Management Manual teaches how to apply integrated predation management and a systems-thinking analysis of predator conflict management on selected SA farms by Tim Snow.  Read here

A systems-thinking analysis of predator conflict management on selected SA farms

Tim Snow, consultant in the fields of wildlife poisoning prevention and conflict management, as well as in all forms of wildlife management released a study on “A Systems-Thinking Based Evaluation of Predator Conflict Management on Selected South African Farms”.  Who is Tim Snow?

Through evaluation of predator conflict management methods from a systems thinking perspective, and by probing learning processes, the shortcomings or failure of inappropriate management responses to conflict situations were shown to exacerbate conflicts. Contrarily, it was illustrated that application of systems thinking and a process of addressing the root cause of conflict issues in predator conflict management, was a longer term solution. The study illustrated that application of long term proactive prevention and conflict avoidance principles, can offer long term solutions for predator conflict managers.  Read the full study.



September 2017

September newsletter requests that all who experience predation losses, share information with Predation Management Information Centre (PMiC).  Bredasdorp hosts an interesting predation information day.  All stakeholders are invited to participate in the PredSA (Scientific Assessment) process by registering as a stakeholder, enabling them to make formal comments on the draft reports.  The PMF is once again taking up the initiative by requesting input suppliers to reduce rates for jackal fencing.  Read here.

August 2017

The annual Predation Management Forum took place at the end of August 2017.  The newsletter continues with chapter on Integrated predation management, which is extracted monthly from the Predation Management Manual.  Purpose of demonstration farms coordinated by Niel Viljoen at 30 farms countrywide. Read here

July 2017

Griffon Poison Information Centre Specialist, Dr. Gerhard Verdoorn shared his views on the irresponsible use of poison to combat predators and by clamping down on dogs, the small antelope are boosted.  Progress on discussions with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) to seek solutions on stray dogs causing devastation to livestock and game.  The newsletter contains an extract taken from the Predation Management Manual, which deals with the question of what is integrated predation management. Read here

June 2017

This newsletter contains snippets of news that speaks of good collaborations in the Eastern Cape, SETA accreditation requirements necessary for night shooting, progress of Scientific Assessment, launch of Niel Viljoen's website, progress on the Predation Management Information Centre (PMIC) and a PhD opportunity in southern Free State.  Read here.

April 2017

This newsletter contains snippets of news relating to progress with the Scientific Assessment,  dangers of power lines and vultures and the outcome of predation management information day held in Queenstown.  Read here.

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