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The Chimpanzees of the Budongo ForestEcology, Behaviour and Conservation$
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Vernon Reynolds

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198515463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515463.001.0001

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The problem of snares

The problem of snares

(p.164) 9. The problem of snares
The Chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest

Vernon Reynolds

Oxford University Press

Of the 49 non-infant chimpanzees in the community, 16 have injuries resulting from being caught in snares. The background to snaring is described: local hunters set snares in the forest to catch duikers and pigs. Chimpanzees are not eaten but get caught in snares, and in most cases, lose the use of a hand or a foot in consequence. Two cases of death from snares are reported. Besides forest snares, traps and spears are used in farmers’s fields and in local sugarcane plantations. A snare removal project has been run by the Budongo Forest Project since 1995, coupled with an education project in local villages to explain the rationale for removing snares. A live-trap project aimed at reducing the number of snares and traps set is described.

Keywords:   snares, injuries, hunters, death, traps, sugarcane, conservation, education, live-traps

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