Since the inception of the GGEP, a number ofillegal hunting activities have been witnessed. All of these relate to some form of trap being set to catch unsuspecting small game animals.
Traps found to date include more than 50 metalwire snares and one gin trap. These activities are illegal and are no doubt playing a significant role in diminishing the number of mammals that frequent the gorge.
Animals that have been caught by these traps include a porcupine witnessed during July of this year and an otter found in the wetland above St Helier dam.
Other mammals that are likely to fall prey to this form of hunting include Blue and Common duikers, Bushbuck, Bush pig, Caracal and Jackal, all of which have been recorded in the area. So what are we doing about this?
All areas of the GGEP are patrolled regularly and any suspected activity is followed up on. In order to ensure a successful prosecution, it is essential that we catch these perpetrators with some form of evidence that links them to the crime.
We call on all landowners to report any suspicious activity to our Conservation Manager, Thuthuka Majola on 083 6212240.
If we get on top of this problem, there is a goodchance that mammal numbers will increase inthe area.