11-year-old ‘poacher’ apprehended

11-year-old ‘poacher’ apprehended

An 11-year-old boy was allegedly caught with snares and other equipment presumably used for poaching small game, in the Heidel Valley near White River, Mpumalanga.

Jaco Kloppe from Mpumalanga Animal Crime Watch (MACW), along with members of Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Association (MTPA), was called to the scene after a farmer saw two boys of similar age – about 11 – emerging from the bush on Friday evening,

One of the boys allegedly ran away when he saw the farmer, Lowvelder reported.

“I didn’t know what to do in this situation. I think the boy learned these techniques from his parents,” he said.

Klopper added MACW members had removed more than 40 snares in the Heidel Valley area in Rocky Drift earlier that week.

The members reportedly discovered two dog skulls, a cane rat, seven porcupine carcasses and a red duiker carcass.

“The number of snares we have removed, makes me believe that the meat does not just go toward feeding families. The bush meat trade is now a lucrative business,” he added.

The farmer did not press charges on account of the boy’s age, but members from the MTPA consulted his parents.

“His parents claimed not to know anything about the boy being in the bush. They warned him not to do anything like this again because he is still young.” Jabulani Manana from MTPA said.

– Caxton News Service


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