The Manicaland Scouts Association last Saturday embarked on a one-day snare hunt at Cecil Kopje Nature Reserve where they extracted a total of 131 snares set up by poachers. The exercise, which comes hard on the heels of brutal acts of poaching in Hwange, was aimed at saving wildlife and reducing poaching of small animals around the ailing nature reserve.
Cecil Kopje has been at the centre of administrative controversy for a long time now which resulted in the deteriorating of infrastructure at the once picturesque nature reserve.
However, MSA, led by business mogul Mr Ernest Mungwari, embarked on a snare hunt as part of the association’s efforts to preserve wildlife around the reserve.
“As scouts here in Manicaland, we bemoan the death of innocent, beautiful animals at the hands of senseless and heartless poachers. Scout Law Six states that “a scout is a friend of nature”.
“It is against this background that the Manicaland Scout Association conducted a snare hunt in conjunction with the National Parks officials to reduce poaching of small animals which always fall victim even to the less sophisticated snares set up by poachers.
“The event started at 9am. The age groups involved were from 10 years up to those in secondary schools. It was also particularly important for this age group to learn how to deal with snares,” said Mr Mungwari, the Manicaland Scouts Association chairman.
During the snare hunt, scouts got into groups that competed among themselves with the group which got the highest number of snares winning a trophy. More....