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Cruel Shackle

June 16, 2014

Cruel Shackle

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Snares are a major threat to wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. They are loop-ended traps, made mostly from steel cables, and harder to break free of than those made of leather, nylon thread or fishing lines.

The Wildlife Conservation Society has been monitoring African lions in MFNP for the past 4 years. Results show that illegal traps are a leading cause of death for the adults. Eight lions have been caught in snares since the project’s onset; only three were rescued by WCS and Uganda Wildlife Authority staff in time.

Butcherman was one of the lucky few. With his leg badly injured by the cruel shackle, wildlife veterinarians had to amputate it. As he recovered, his pride ensured his safety and shared their kills.

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Jennie Chaiet
June 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Torn between tragic and heartwarming. An incredible story of survival.

Megan Maher
June 17, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Great picture and great story! It’s interesting to hear about how the other lions in his pride help and protect him.