Snaring for bush meat, skins and body parts for medicinal purposes is having an ever increasing impact on the survival of threatened species. Snares are wire or cable traps set out to capture animals and strangle them to death. An animal that walks into a snare will likely try to escape and in doing so allows the wire or cable noose to tighten around it. This could be around its neck, body or legs. Another form of snaring is through the use of gin traps. A gin trap is a spring-loaded metal trap with serrated jaws designed to catch animals by the legs.
An animal that has been caught in a snare may need immediate veterinary attention for its survival. It would need to be immobilized (darted), have the snare removed and the wounds treated. In severe cases, the animal may need follow-up treatments.