The Kloof and Highway SPCA are working closely with SACAN, the Camperdown Police Station, Endangered Wildlife Trust and local residents of the Killarney Valley on the issue of illegal hunting with dogs in the Killarney Valley area. In the past this matter was controllable but recently we have seen a huge increase in the number of hunts with dogs in the Upper Highway Area
Large packs of dogs, mostly greyhound types, are set loose onto privately owned farms and into conservancies to chase and hunt down wildlife. Zebra, Wildebeest, Ostrich, Nyala and a Giraffe are among the few animals that have recently fallen victim to these illegal hunts. The hunts are mostly done for recreation purposes and not only for consumption.
“We are extremely impressed with the manner in which the Camperdown Police Station is dealing with the hunting problem in this area. It is an example to be set for all SAPS stations throughout KZN.” says Cheri Cooke, Inspectorate Manager of the Kloof and Highway SPCA. We are hoping to expand what has been done in Camperdown to other areas where hunting with dogs is taking place.
Residents they have seen a slight decrease in the frequencies of these hunts since the concerted efforts of the community groups, residents and the Camperdown SAPS.
In the event of an arrest, if the accused are found to be trespassing and hunting with dogs, the accused will be prosecuted in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977, Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962, S.A Police Service Standing Order 333 and the Trespass Act 6 of 1959.
We urge our community to report illegal hunting with dogs to SACAN on 08-616-72226 immediately. SACAN has become the central call centre and callers will remain anonymous.
We urge the public to take note of where they see the hunters and the dogs, to take photos and to record the date and times of any reports. All information assists the SAPS in making arrests.