Wednesday, August 21, 2002

FREE-LIVING CHIMPANZEES AT RISK FROM SNARES

Traps a Threat to Chimps
Story Filed: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 12:59 PM EST

Aug 20, 2002 (New Vision/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- SNARES and traps have become the worst nightmare to chimpanzees.

As the unsuspecting primates search for food, they often get caught by the life threatening weapons.

The lethal devices are so common around Budongo forest reserve and the nearby forest patches in Masindi district. Snares have a wire with a noose, which becomes tighter as the animal tries to free itself and is eventually strangled to death. The traps have an opening with a pair of jaws, which snap holding the limb of the animal.

"It was a horror," says Richard Kyamanywa. He is an animal rights activist who witnessed a chimpanzee dragging a trap of about 12kgs for seven kilometres before its death....