Snares to wares

Spartan conservationists find creative solutions for protecting human livelihood while saving wildlife in East Africa.

July 8, 2016

Spartan conservationists find creative solutions for protecting human livelihood while saving wildlife in East Africa.

n many countries in Africa, wire snares are used to trap animals for food, but they’re also set by poachers to capture animals like lions, elephants, giraffes and other wildlife. Often these snares end up killing or maiming these creatures, posing a serious challenge to conservation efforts.

“While snaring presents considerable challenges for wildlife conservation, this is actually a human livelihood issue,” says Tutilo Mudumba, an MSU fisheries and wildlife doctoral student. “This is not a prosperous area of the country, and people set snares to catch antelope and other bush meat for food.” 

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