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IMPORTANT – TAKE NOTE

This is taken from this ORIGINAL DOCUMENT from Cape Nature. Please note the BLUE part is the wording that has been removed and these methods are now illegal from January 1st 2009. To see the original document, go to below this information. I have not changed any part of the document I have just made in BLUE what is now illegal. I have not changed any spelling mistakes they made, just made it blue.

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In the 2009 Hunting Notice, the following methods can be use:

o Caracal / Black Backed Jackal = poison, gin trap/ cage trap, public road,

night shooting, artificial light, .22 rimfire rifle, semi-automatic weapon,

bow and arrow, dogs

o Cape Fox =gin trap/cage trap, night hunting, artificial light, dogs

o This means that only cage traps and hunting during the day, may be use

without a permit.

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Note; I just put this in to make it all clear to the viewer;

( BLUE parts above are illegal. – only cage trap can be used for jackal and lynx without permit)

Permit is per hunt, you need a permit for every hunt at night.

R80-00 per permit.

Proof and evidence of stock damage by predator, Nature Conservation will get an official to come and see damage before permit is issued for that specific animal.

Paying for the application form does not mean a permit will be issued.

You must get a letter from the farmer, attach it to application form with proof of payment.

Here is the original letter .

THE MANAGEMENT OF DAMAGE CAUSING ANIMALS

The meeting between CapeNature, Agri Western Cape, RPO (Western Cape) and NWGA

(Western Cape) held on 4 December 2008 in Paarl concerning the management of damage causing predators, refers. The purpose of this meeting was to address the misunderstandings and misconceptions that arise out of the recent press release by Cape Nature regarding the management of damage causing animals.

Nature Conservation in the Western Cape has been managed since 1974 in accordance with the Nature Conservation Ordinance, 19 of 1974. In terms of section 29 of this Ordinance, certain hunting methods were listed as prohibited methods. These methods include hunting at night, the use of gin traps, hunting with dogs etc.

Cape Nature has always strived to accommodate landowners and to maintain a balance between the interests of landowners and the interests of the environment. To maintain this balance, CapeNature has annually amended the Hunting Notice by suspending certain prohibited hunting methods. These annual amendments enabled landowners to manage damage causing predators like black backed jackal and caracal in a responsible manner, without a permit or license issued by CapeNature.

This practice of suspending certain prohibited hunting methods did, however, lead to some people targeting predators in general. The existing system was abused to kill predators on a large scale instead of targeting the individual animals causing the damage. History has, however, proven that the large scale killing of predators is not a long term solution to stock losses.

Abuse of this system also contributed to the killing of non-target species, increased stock losses and losses to biodiversity. These losses were not acceptable to both organized agriculture as well as CapeNature. CapeNature supports a holistic approach to the management of predators responsible for stock losses. According to this approach, CapeNature supports solely the targeting of the individual / specific predators responsible for losses.

CapeNature received many requests from the agricultural sector as well as conservation groups, to address certain of these malpractices. CapeNature has thus over the last several years, systematically amended the Hunting Notice to regulate certain of these malpractices.

During the past couple of years, CapeNature made the following amendments to the annual Hunting Notice. Changes since 2007 are indicted in bold and strikethrough text. The changes meant that these methods may only be used with a permit issued by CapeNature. These methods were thus removed from the annual Hunting Notice.

BLUE HIGHLIGHTS ARE TAKEN OUT AND ILLEGAL.

During the 2006 Hunting Notice, the following methods could be used:

o Caracal / Black Backed Jackal = poison, gin trap/ cage trap, public road, night

shooting, artificial light, .22 rimfire rifle, semi-automatic weapon, bow and arrow,

dogs

o Cape Fox = gin trap/cage trap, night shooting, artificial light, dogs

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During the 2007 Hunting Notice, the following methods could be used:

o Caracal / Black Backed Jackal = poison, gin trap/ cage trap, public road,

night shooting, artificial light, .22 rimfire rifle, semi-automatic weapon, bow and

arrow, dogs

o Cape Fox =gin trap/cage trap, night hunting, artificial light, dogs

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During the 2008 Hunting Notice, the following methods could be used:

o Caracal / Black Backed Jackal = poison, gin trap/cage trap, public road, night

shooting, artificial light, .22 rimfire rifle, semi-automatic weapon, bow and arrow,

dogs

o Cape Fox =gin trap/cage trap, night hunting, artificial light, dogs

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In the 2009 Hunting Notice, the following methods can be use:

o Caracal / Black Backed Jackal = poison, gin trap/ cage trap, public road,

night shooting, artificial light, .22 rimfire rifle, semi-automatic weapon,

bow and arrow, dogs

o Cape Fox =gin trap/cage trap, night hunting, artificial light, dogs

o This means that only cage traps and hunting during the day, may be use without a permit.

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From the above it is clear that CapeNature did not change or amend the Ordinance or Regulations. CapeNature did also not ban the hunting of caracal or black backed jackal or any hunting method. The aforementioned means that jackal and caracal, where practically possible, may still be hunted without a permit during the day and with a cage trap but that permits will be required for the use of any other method as discussed above. During the above mentioned meeting, it was agreed that CapeNature and organized agriculture will jointly, as partners, take this initiative forward and manage it. In this regard, CapeNature and organized agriculture are planning to implement a plan whereby the agricultural sector will identify certain people in the different agricultural regions in the Western Cape. These people shall, subject to certain criteria / requirements, be accredited to act as professional predator “call and shoot” hunters. We are extending an invitation to landowners to make suggestions through their local agricultural unions, on the criteria / requirements to which these hunters must comply to. These requirements will be evaluated jointly by CapeNature and organized agriculture. The accreditation of hunters will be accompanied by a permit issued for a specific period by CapeNature. CapeNature will expect, amongst other information, certain feedback regarding their actions from these permit holders (e.g. carcass data from animals hunted). This system will only be applicable to people nominated and recommended by their different agricultural unions/representatives for accreditation. Other applicants must apply through the normal procedures for a permit from CapeNature to use prohibited hunting methods. Because the Hunting Notice for 2009 is in effect from 1 January 2009, it was decided to create an interim period for the implementation of the accreditation of hunters. CapeNature and Agri Western Cape would like to extend an invitation to landowners to nominate persons through their respective agricultural unions, to be accredited as “call and shoot” hunters. CapeNature and Agri Western Cape call on landowners to approach the new amendments to the Hunting Notice in a responsible manner. We also want to confirm our support and commitment to landowners regarding the management of damage causing animals.

 


 

 

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