Protrack Anti-Poaching Unit
What is a bush kitchen?
A bush kitchen in poaching terms is a temporary shelter hidden away in the bushfrom where a poacher can store poached meat, hide, and lay low for an extendedperiod of time before and after checking his snares.
A recent arrest in the Gravelotte area of the Limpopo Province, graphicallyillustrates how some poachers live inthe bush whilst poaching.The debate on whether subsistencepoaching is justifiable and where theline between syndicate or commercialpoaching lies, is ongoing.It is in cases such as these where these“lines” blur into grey areas. It hardlyvalidates the death of a Kudu, twoWildebeest, three Zebra and a Vultureto feed a single family. This is abusiness and a very lucrative and illegalone at that all at the expense of thelegal occupier of private land.In this instance it is clear that thepoacher occupied this temporary basefor some time, he had enough food tosustain himself for many days, by eatingthe food he had with him and his catch.He had sleeping gear and salt withwhich to process the meat that washanging on wire.
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