South Africa :: Great Karoo
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Category: Attraction :: Animal
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The Beaufort West area is a popular eco-tourism stop, especially the Karoo National Park 5km south of the town. Many tourist visits to walk or hike in the mountains of the area. Measures used by early stock farmers to combat stock losses, was the use of these hyena traps, also known as the 'Wolvehok' (Wolf coop). These are primitive stone structures, about 2 to 2.5 metres in size. At the rear of the trap, bait was secured to a pin, to lure the hyena, jackal or leopard in. When the animal tugged on the bait, a trap door would be released, and trap the animal in. A small opening on the top of the trap structure, small enough for someone to see in and for a spear or rifle to be pushed in, is usually covered by a stone. The trapped animal was then shot or speared to death through this small opening. Many of these traps were discovered, after the Karoo National Park was proclaimed, some were in ruins and some well preserved. These traps contributed to the extinction, in the Karoo, of the brown hyena.
|Address :||Karoo, South Africa|
|Contact :||Beaufort West Tourist Bureau|
|Tel :||+27(0)23 415 1488|
|Tel2 :||+27(0)23 414 4319|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Host Website :||Click Here|
|Notes on Activities:||(Not all activities listed are necessarily offered on the POIs premises).|
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