What does it take to kill South Africa’s wild dogs?

Norman Stewart Spier is an accountant at a car service company. In your spare time you like hunting. But, alas, all of those helicopters and military capabilities you have at home can’t be used to kill South Africa’s wild dogs.

Wild dogs in South Africa are more than just a breed and more than just a nuisance for landowners. They are caught up in a tangled web of disease and violence. If you kill one, it’s likely that you’re “contaminating” more than just the wolf’s own meat.

Between the shifting vegetation and decaying carcasses (still uneaten as a result of the pied savannas) that dogs are often torn to pieces and bred for the killing and still count among the most lethal weapons of South Africa’s armed forces, these biting predators have become increasingly desperate and unforgiving for human inhabitants to kill.

Together with his son, Phanakhelani Spier, Norman has spent the last five years conducting and documenting research on South Africa’s wolves.

Here we examine the country’s effort to control wild dogs, which are responsible for almost 30% of all road accidents in South Africa.

With permission from The Edge

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