PRESS RELEASE – VULTURE POISONING AT CT 1 [Debbie Peake in Botswana believes site is at CT2 – a hubting cincession unused for sfaris since the 2014 ban.KS]
The public is informed that the Department of Wildlife and National Parks recently identified a poisoning site in a Wildlife Management Area CT 1 in the Central District.
The poisoning was believed to have been caused by lacing of three poached elephant carcasses with a poisonous chemical which lead to significant mortality in vultures and eagles.
A total of 537 vultures and two tawny eagles were found dead at the site. The breakdown included 10 cape vultures, 14 lappet faced vultures, 468 white backed vultures, 17 white headed vultures and 28 hooded vulture.
The law enforcement team attending the scene is working around the clock to decontaminate the area. Sampling of carcasses and the environment was done for further laboratory analysis.
The public in the vicinity of the area CT1 is request to report any wildlife mortalities which may be spotted in their areas.
The Department is concerned with the habit of some individuals who deliberately poison animals as this is dangerous and harmful to the environment.
Furthermore, the public is encouraged to desist from engaging in such illegal acts and report any suspicious activities which may suggest environmental poisoning to the nearest wildlife office or the police.
Debbie Peake added on FB – It’s actually CT2 … another marginal WMA that lost hunting rights in 2014. BTO tendered the area 2 (or 3) times to no avail. We warned Govt repeatedly there would be no take – up by any photo operators. Operators told us in 2011 they weren’t / wouldn’t be interested .. it’s been empty since then. Previous hunting operator continued pumping water until 2016 …
Discussions underway to re tender those CHA s. But a long process … dire need now to establish a Fund that can help with anti poaching efforts … pay for more flying hours and reward systems for information … more flying is quick and practical. We need help here to fight this situation and support govt.