With snares and spears, lockdown victims poach to survive

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With snares and spears, lockdown victims poach to survive

Laid-off workers turn to reserves in search of warthog, kudu and the like as poaching cases spike

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Private game reserves are seeing a sharp rise in poaching as desperate people hunt for food.

Although the lockdown has made it more difficult for rhino poachers and their syndicates to operate, say officials, hungry people are turning to nearby reserves and parks for small game such as warthog, impala and kudu.

“There has been a huge increase,” said pilot Nico Jacobs of anti-poaching organisation Rhino 911. “The people are suffering; they’ve been laid off and they have to make a plan.”..

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