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#1 Safaridude

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 12:45 PM

The word from Loliondo, Tanzania (just east of and adjacent to Serengeti National Park) is that the resident pack of wild dogs has been killed with poisoned sheep carcasses last week. Whoever poisoned the dogs came back and set fire to the den, torching a few pups that were in the den. The killing is believed to be in response to significant recent livestock losses.

Fortunately, six adults and one pup fled, and they are believed to be alive -- at least for the moment.

The area had been a success story (dogs having denned there for the past six years). It goes to show that years of conservation gains can be wiped by a single incident such as this one.

I believe there was a wild dog poisoning incident in another area of Loliondo 2-3 years ago.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 12:53 PM

Very sad news. There is a relevant article in a TANAPA newsletter from September 2011 - see pages 15-17
http://www.tanzaniap...day_current.pdf

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:01 PM

1 step forward, 2 steps back. What will it take for these type of incidents to stop? Money? Up front? Or a promise of cash reward at the end of each year if no dogs/lions/other predators have been killed? Real shame to read this news.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:15 PM

I'm hoping the plan to repopulate the Serengeti with wild dogs will be more successful - as there will be more money, better education for the surrounding areas and it will be in TANAPA's interests. Sadly areas like Loliondo, outside of national parks, don't attract the same attention of TANAPA.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:17 PM

Maybe not TANAPA, but what about local operators? What is their role in this area to resolve the human vs wildlife conflicts? What is being done education wise?

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:23 PM

Very depressing news!
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:03 PM

Really tragic and upsetting.

Also, that pack was living in an area frequented by tourists, and had been an attraction for years. So, a pack that indirectly was benefitting the local community.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:09 PM

Was this the Piaya pack that was talked about so many times even on ST?

Very, very sad news. Obviously the local communities have not been benefiting from having the dogs on their land - if they had been, this would likely not have happened.

Hope the survivors make it. Also hoping for the best for the Ubuntu pack.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:30 PM

Not really sure, but I think it was the Ololosokwan pack (morthern Loliondo).

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:22 PM

Sad

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:30 PM

This kind of thing represents an enormous threat to so many endangered predators/scavangers across Africa and elsewhere - god knows how many other animals were exposed to this poison including vultures, Lions etc - all in steep decline thanx to this type of indisrminate practice. The authorities in the area must make an example out of the individuals responsible!!

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:57 PM

The comment that a single incident can wipe out a pack, or a herd or a pride is so true and so deadly. I wonder if some of the local people are also outraged. If so, the odds that the perps get caught go up. Torching pups in the den is just plain cruel and goes beyond poisoning a carcass.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 12:02 AM

I just don't think there's any excuse, justification or rationalization for the actions done to this pack. This is just sick!

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 05:24 AM

Really tragic and upsetting.

Also, that pack was living in an area frequented by tourists, and had been an attraction for years. So, a pack that indirectly was benefitting the local community.




This is very upsetting .......... In that part of the Serengeti and neighboring zones, not only is photo tourism flourishing, but, also hunting tourism ......... Now, if the community still ventures in an act such as this - things are obviously not in order. Questions have to be asked of everyone (directly or indirectly). Very very tragic!!!
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Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:14 AM

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 01:28 PM

Terrible news. Have you seen this unfortunately similar report from Botswana?
Hope you can see attached file.

Edited by Nicholls Wildlife Art, 14 July 2012 - 01:29 PM.


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Posted 14 July 2012 - 01:33 PM

Sorry - here is the attached file about poisoning of dogs in Botswana.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 08:17 PM

Sorry - here is the attached file about poisoning of dogs in Botswana.


Dear god thats shocking!! - how is that family of savages still allowed to carry on their business regardless??, what steps have the authorities taken in this case???? :angry:

Edited by Irish Elk, 14 July 2012 - 08:18 PM.


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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:20 PM

Happily dogs are not all that often subject to poisoning - they're so much more strictly carnivorous than scavenging they usually get away with it when other animals (such as lions) are much more easily killed. There are more dogs in Loliondo than you might imagine - 4 packs are now relatively well known, but around 200 animals are estimated, so lots more out there. Precious few tourists go to Loliondo (which is a shame, because it's beautiful!), probably because lions are rather rare there. On the other hand, I see the potential relocations into Serengeti NP as a total waste of time, money and dogs for just the opposite reason - there are lots of lions there! Even now the collared dogs living on the park boundary only cross into the park rarely and rapidly turn heel and flee back out again when they do make the move. Lions are bad news for most other predators, to be honest. Even if there were more tourists in Loliondo and more money was going to the villagers I think it still only takes one person with a grudge to cause this sort of horror.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:29 PM

Tz Birder, is Loliondo still a hunting block as reported many years back in this Safaritalk article?

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