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Passive capture boma and internet wildlife auctions

1 July 2016

 

www.leopard.tvOne of the reasons for the rapid annual escalation in the prices of wild animals on boma auctions is the 15% annual escalating cost of using a helicopter and expensive mass-capture bomas, or chemical immobilization that requires veterinary supervision. These increasing costs have now led to the development of less expensive and less intrusive methods of capturing wildlife, including passive capture. While the active mass-capture of wildlife will remain popular when large numbers of animals are to be captured, marketable parcels can be built up gradually by passive capture while specific individual animals with specific traits, injuries or diseases can be captured. Passive capture bomas can be mobile or site-specific and they can be temporary or permanent, the latter as on Shayamanzi.

The basic approach is to use a small camp with a wildlife-proof fence and one or two rolling gates that can be controlled remotely or by hand. The bomas usually involve... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

Reference:

 Bothma, J du P 2010. Passive capture methods. In J du P Bothma and J G du Toit (Eds), Game ranch management, fifth edition. Pretoria: Van Schaik, pp. 569 – 580.

  

article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

 

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