No hi­king or fee­ding of wild­li­fe af­ter fi­res

Suid-Kaap FORUM - - Forum -

SOUTH CA­PE Due to the re­cent fi­res in the re­gi­on and Gar­den Rou­te, Ca­peNa­tu­re is re­que­s­ting that com­mu­ni­ties li­ving ad­ja­cent to the burnt a­re­as sup­port the re­co­ve­ry of wild­li­fe by mo­ni­to­ring the con­di­ti­on of spe­cies and to re­port any in­ju­red a­ni­mals to them as soon as pos­si­ble.

It would be very help­ful if the fol­lo­wing in­for­ma­ti­on can be pro­vi­ded to them w­hen an in­ju­red a­ni­mal is found: • Ex­act lo­ca­li­ty (GPS po­si­ti­on if pos­si­ble) • Cor­rect spe­cies i­den­ti­fi­ca­ti­on (as far as pos­si­ble) • Brief des­crip­ti­on of in­ju­ries to the a­ni­mal • If pos­si­ble pho­to­graphic e­vi­den­ce or vi­deo foota­ge so that the cor­rect in­for­ma­ti­on is ma­de a­vai­la­ble for the most ap­pro­pri­a­te tre­at­ment. Do not ap­pro­ach an in­ju­red a­ni­mal or put your­self in any dan­ger. Rat­her con­tact Ca­peNa­tu­re Ge­or­ge re­gi­o­nal of­fi­ce at 044 802 5300 for any wild a­ni­mals found, or the Ou­te­ni­qua Na­tu­re Re­ser­ve on 087 087 4151 if a­ni­mals are found in­si­de Ou­te­ni­qua Na­tu­re Re­ser­ve. No fee­ding of wild a­ni­mals Wild a­ni­mals will na­tu­ral­ly mo­ve to al­ter­na­ti­ve ha­bi­tat if the­re is a­vai­la­ble ha­bi­tat. By fee­ding wild a­ni­mals you are fir­st­ly keeping them from a na­tu­ral e­va­cu­a­ti­on of the a­rea and se­cond­ly ma­ke them de­pen­dent on fee­ding sta­ti­ons. Help by as­ses­sing and re­por­ting – not fee­ding! It is the­re­fo­re ad­vi­sa­ble that the con­di­ti­on of wild­li­fe be mo­ni­to­red rat­her than fed by the pu­blic. Sup­port wild­li­fe by al­lo­wing cor­ri­dors in or­der to al­low them to mo­ve free­ly, dri­ving ca­re­ful­ly al­ong pu­blic ro­ads, and en­su­ring that our pets do not get the op­por­tu­ni­ty to cha­se wild­li­fe that gra­zes / brow­se clo­ser to re­si­den­ti­al a­re­as.

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