Snaring is an evil practice where poachers set cable and wire snares in areas where animals cross through think bush. These cruel devices kill indiscreetly and can be deadly for years.
This male made my day by just laying in a perfect sun spot. I was on foot and had to keep my distance and after 10 minutes being in the presence of this magnificent creature, it gave me one stern look and disappear in the undergrowth.
Two interesting connection I made to identified this leopard was the following; First it is a male showing its reproduction organs at the back and secondly it has two claws and parts of its toes missing on the front right paw. This mutilation is clearly visible in the tracks making it easy to identified the pug marks to the leopard.
The bait was set two meters height in the tree and one can see the leopard had no problem reaching the meat.
After setting some bait in a tree, I left the trail camera for three days and came back to retrieve these awesome photos of an very large male leopard.
The death of a beautiful creature brought me here. The destruction brought on by greed is what give me hope and put food on the table. No animals lost their lives by the hand of poachers the last year and because of that one momentous lost of live I had been given the task to protect the whole. The last year was filled with success, but that can chance in an instant and with the massive threat against our rhino population complacency will be devastating.