Lions Greatest New Threat Snaring

Lions Greatest New Threat Snaring

Lions greatest new threat snaring is killing them by the hundreds.

And the main reason is the ever-increasing demand for bushmeat.

Bushmeat is the meat of wild animals.

“Locals have hunted bushmeat on a subsistence basis for millennia, but demand is rising amid expanding populations and an increasingly commercial, urbanized trade.

“As a result, bushmeat snaring is growing in intensity and has become a primary threat to many species’ survival,” says National Geographic.

Most snared animals never make it out alive.

These snares are made from metal wires.

And they are scavenged from tires, bikes, and motorcycles.

In some cases even the wire is stolen from wildlife-protecting fences.

One year ago a group of scientists conducted 186 surveys.

The objective was to determine what the greatest threat was for African wildlife.

The scientists surveyed wildlife experts in 24 countries.

Lions Greatest New Threat Snaring

“They  found that their subjects perceived bushmeat poaching to be the number-one threat to both wildlife in general and to lions specifically.

“Locals typically set snares, which are easily made and cheap, hoping to catch large herbivores. But the wires are indiscriminate, often trapping carnivores that come to investigate the smell of snared carcasses nearby.

“Animals that snares entangle frequently die and begin to rot before humans even get to them,” says National Geographic.

So why is snaring so widespread?

Two factors come into play.

Africa’s population is increasing rapidly.

And its poverty levels are high.

Lions Greatest New Threat Snaring

So the reality is that snaring is a viable source of food for many Africans.

And the practise receives little media coverage.

Africa Geographic is a group that encourages responsible tourism.

And it opposes hunting wild animals.

It said this about snaring.

“Snaring is becoming an increasingly bigger threat to our wildlife populations than we seem to realise. It is not the newsworthy, war on poaching sort of story that the media focuses on, or the gruesome killing and maiming of wildlife that the public seems to want to read about, yet snaring is an equally, if not bigger problem and threat.

“If you speak to many rangers and anti-poaching units from Uganda to South Africa, they will tell you that a lot of their time and energy is focused on the removal of snares; snares which maim and kill tens of thousands, if not millions, of animals a year.

“Most animals caught in snares will end up in the cooking pot, but many will be left to rot in the bush and many others will be severely wounded to the point that they are no longer able to feed or hunt, condemning them to a short life of pain and starvation.”

And snaring isn’t the only problems lions face.

Demand for their body parts is another serious matter.

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