Snaring is a major cause of damage to wildlife populations, and typically occurs in hotspots along reserve boundaries, around waterholes and in riverine vegetation. This was the case in the South Luangwa Game Management Area. Together with the South Luangwa Conservation Society (www.slsczambia.org) and Working Dogs for Conservation (www.workingdogsforconservation.org) we surveyed the South Luangwa GMA for 3 weeks for snares in July 2013. Even though, the project raised lots of new questions, it also managed to provide answers. We removed snares for little queleas to buffalo and the project showed that with intense field training and by training on different snaring scenarios, the dogs will be able to contribute to snare detection by anti-poaching patrol teams. If snares in a particular area are consistently found and removed, it will be far less profitable for poachers to frequent those areas. We will continue to extend and fine-tune the training in order to make dogs even more efficient and effective in snare detection.
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