On Saturday night we were alerted to a potenial vulture poisoning after 37 cows had died from an overdose treatment of Dazzle cattle dip. Dazzle is toxic to vultures if exposed in medium to high concentrations and thus, we were extremely concerned. In addition, neighbours had witnessed some of the birds 'hanging' off trees and lethargic, unable to get airborne. So, Sunday morning at 3:30am, we left to travel 500kms to the site. We found the poisoned livestock and vultures thermalling above the scene but all in good condition and none, grounded, weak or lethargic - thank goodness.
We are still on high alert as poisoned vultures, if possible, move to water sources and thus, we have alerted the entire Vryburg and surrounding areas, including Botswana, to be vigilent and on the look out for grounded, possibly poisoned vultures.
We want to thank the landowners for contacting us and alerting us to this situation and to the North West Nature Conservation Department staff for working with us on this incident.
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