An elephant trampled and killed a suspected poacher in South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, a spokesman said Friday. A broken body was found Thursday during intelligence activities aimed at preventing poaching, Kruger spokesman Isaac Fara told AFP.
But before the animals were harmed, the elephant trampled on one poacher and died, while others fled, Fara said.
“In the first investigation, the deceased was suspected of being killed by an elephant and left behind by an accomplice,” he added.
The elephant spared the man’s cell phone, he said, and the Rangers handed it over to police to help them track down his fellow poachers.
Another at the beginning of this yearBy a herd of elephants in the park.And in 2019, after a rhino poaching suspect was killed by an elephant, his body was revealed in the park.
Kluger has been hit hard, especially by rhino poaching. The park reported in February that rhino populations had declined by 70% over the past decade to just under 4,000.
on Tuesday, Park announcement Arrest of four rhino poachers. “The number of poachers arrested (22) has increased by 29.41% compared to (17) during the same period in 2020,” the park said.
According to Fara, the park has successfully cracked down on wildlife crime in the last two years, thanks to new technologies and increased patrols that helped arrest suspects before they were killed.
The COVID travel ban also gives the park a break.
Poached animals have fallen 37% compared to last year, Kluger said.
Suspected poacher died after being trampled by an elephant in South Africa
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