Hunted species and hunting equipment used by rainforest poachers in Ghana

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Edward Debrah Wiafe


This study investigated species that are hunted in protected rainforest areas and the methods used to hunt them, using data obtained by recording items in the possession of 17 poachers arrested in Kakum Conservation Area in Ghana over a period of 12 months.  Twelve species were recorded among 69 total animals.  Most were mammals, including primates.  Shotguns and wire snares were the main hunting methods used.  Primates must be given special protection and conservation attention, as they were found to be prominent among the animals poached. 


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Edward Debrah Wiafe, Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, Presbyterian University College, P.O. Box 393, Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana

Dr. Edward D. Wiafe is a senoir Lecturer at the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, Presbyterian University College, Ghana and the Dean of Faculty of Development Studies of the same University.

He is a member of IUFRO and IUCN/SSC African Primates Group.


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