LUSA
December 29, 2017

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Policemen from Niassa Reserve, northern Mozambique, have recovered 30 ivory
tusks during a hunt for a group of poachers, on Tuesday, the Mozambican
daily newspaper Diario de Mozambique reports.

Citing sources from the Niassa Reserve, the Mozambican daily reports that
138 munitions of AKM, an axe and an electric scale were still seized during
the operation.

On the run, poachers also abandoned a small solar panel, three cell phones,
various clothing, four lion paws and part of a head of this animal, as well
as food.

Reserve inspectors were alerted by gunshot sounds during a patrol along the
Mbamba River and when they moved to the site they encountered a male
elephant that had just been shot down.

When they became aware of the approach of the inspectors, the poachers fled
in stampede and left the hunting equipment there.

According to the Niassa Reserve administration the poachers were not in
time to remove the ivory from the elephant that had just been killed.

Throughout the current year, 100 elephants were killed by poachers, the
same number as last year.

>From 2011 to 2015, the Niassa Reserve lost 7,000 elephants who were victims
of poaching