NWA launched a technology-based project in December 2019 that enables park officials to catch poachers red-handed, force prosecution and discourage wildlife poachers using snares.
The latest among informed and multi-faceted anti-poaching interventions, the trial project underway at a confidential location uses innovative devices developed by NWA over months of technology trials and years of field observations.
Snares have a devastating impact on wildlife, killing or maiming or killing large animals like elephants and gaur and smaller mammals like wild boar and deer on a large scale in and outside protected areas. NWA’s ongoing capture/recapture elephant census programs have produced grim evidence– more than 5% of all elephants photographed had terrible injuries from snares. http://www.naturewildlifeassoc.org/programs/ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170123162250.htm
Currently, poachers caught with snares can be prosecuted only if they have a dead animal with them, since snares are not considered as weapons. As a result, there are only very few prosecutions today.
However, the situation is expected to radically change at NWA’s latest technology trial site since park officials there can now gather irrefutable evidence of poaching and force more prosecutions.