Wardens of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) in Sinoe County have
confirmed the arrest and handing over to the Liberia National Police of a
hunter. The hunter, identified as Saturday Jarwee, 60, is accused of
killing four elephants in the Sapo National Park about 50 kilometres from
Greenville City in Sinoe County, southeastern Liberia.
FDA Wild Life Manager Abednego Gbarway, told reporters that the endangered
species were killed in March in the Jleepo Forest around an area called
Nelson Village and was discovered while park rangers were on a regular
Jarwee has denied killing any elephant. He is currently detained at the
Greenville Palace of Correction awaiting court trial.
FDA’s Gbarway however said his men had discovered four dead elephants, and
apprehended Jarwee as a suspect after applying ?our professional technique
and experience to identify the doer of the act.?
“By law; if anyone kills wildlife illegally, that person, when adjudged
guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction, can be sentenced to four or
five years in prison or be fined an amount of US$5,000,” he said.
An act of hunting down such animals contravenes Section 11 of the National
Wild Life Conservation and Protected Area Management Law of 2016, Garway
Some residents of Nelson Village told reporters following the arrest of
Jarwee that he has been hunting in the forest since the 1980s and has
always targeted wild animals.
The Sapo National Park in Sinoe County is Liberia?s largest protected area
of rain forest and contains the second-largest area of primary tropical
rain forest in West Africa after Ta? National Park in neighbouring Cote
Agriculture, construction, fishing, hunting, human settlement, and logging
are prohibited in the park.
It is located in the Upper Guinean forest ecosystem, a biodiversity hotspot
that has ?the highest mammal species diversity of any region in the world,?
according to Conservation International, and in the Western Guinean lowland
forests eco-region, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature?s
eco-regions classification scheme.