June 16, 2014
- as seen by -Tutilo Mudumba @TEAM LION WCS Uganda
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.