discussion / Wildlife Crime  / 23 May 2017

Snare detection technologies

Snares are a pervasive threat to wildlife around the world – indiscriminately killing hundreds of thousands of animals.

Snares are notoriously hard to locate in the field, and it would be a major advance if a handheld (or UAV-mounted) snare detector could be developed, to better scan landscapes and help Park rangers to more easily find and dismantle them.

WWF's Wildlife Crime Technology Project has been exploring radar as a potential solution, and this has shown some promise. We'd be grateful if field-based practitioners could share their experience with snares in this discussion thread, and if global engineers and tech-minded colleagues on WILDLABS could input on possible solutions.