PROBLEM ANIMAL CONTROL UNIT (PACU)

The Problem Animal Control Unit deals with problem animals such as snakes (venomous and non-venomous), hippos, crocodiles, etc. Pythons are non venomous therefore they can be caught by hand by two people. After the Python is caught it is not killed because it is an endangered species. Instead, it is disposed into its natural habitat where the area is protected e.g. Lake Chivero Recreational Park or Darwendale Recreational Park. However, venomous snakes such as Cobras and Black mambas are killed using shotguns and burnt or buried.

Hippos, depending on where they are, are normally driven to their natural habitat by making use of shotguns to scare them. This is done to avoid Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC). On the other hand, if the hippos are in an area whereby it is hard to drive them back to their natural habitat, they are killed using shotguns.

Crocodiles are captured using crocodile cages and then disposed into lakes or dams such as Lake Kariba.

Pythons are caught and not killed because they are an endangered species. Instead, disposed into its natural habitat where the area is protected e.g. Lake Chivero Recreational Park or Darwendale Recreational Park. However, venomous snakes such as Cobras and Black mambas are killed using shotguns and burnt or buried.

ANTI-POACHING

Poaching is the illegal taking of animals and wild plants contrary to local and international Wildlife Management Laws.

Anti-Poaching involves Law Enforcement pertaining wildlife in Parks Estates, communal lands and within the country. An example of such a law is Section 59, Subsection 2A of the Parks and Wildlife Act Chapter 20:14, which states that NO PERSON SHALL HUNT ANY ANIMAL ON ANY LAND, EXCEPT IN TERMS OF A PERMIT ISSUED.

ANTI-POACHING TACTICS

  • Guns
  • Workshops (Educational Awareness)
  • Patrols
  • Arrests

ANTI-POACHING EFFORTS

  • Patrols have increased within potential areas.
  • Surveillance Systems have been established i.e. Intelligence Gathering.
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