Ingenious Snare, Kanchipuram

Lakshminarayanan N
Lakshminarayanan N
The silent, near-invisible killers that haunt our wilderness areas

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Hunting wildlife for the pot and for commercial sale is far more widespread than most people realize, and is leading to an ‘empty forest’ syndrome in many parts of the country.

This ingenious snare was set just outside a scrub forest in Kanchipuram district. The small patch of scrub forest supports axis deer, monitor lizard, wild pig, peafowl, partridge and black-naped hare. The snares in this area are primarily set for trapping black-naped hare and birds.

While on a casual stroll on 19th June 2013, I came across this set-up and informed the staff of the near-by forest office. Numerous snares such as this are silently concealed in and around our forests to trap wild animals. Most of the snaring goes unnoticed. While most of the snares are intended for smaller game like pig and hare, carnivores like leopards occasionally get caught leading to disastrous consequences.

Location: a scrub forest (not a reserved forest) in Kanchipuram district.

Date: 19-6-2013

Hunting wildlife for the pot and for commercial sale is far more widespread than most people realize, and is leading to an ‘empty forest’ syndrome in many parts of the country (read more).

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Lakshminarayanan N

Lakshminarayanan is a post-graduate in Wildlife Biology and Conservation offered by WCS-India and NCBS-TIFR at Bangalore. He is currently associated with Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning, Tamil Nadu. He is interested in conservation management of large herbivore populations and their habitats.



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