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South Africa – 9 poachers arrested in Kruger but 119 vultures poisoned

IOL News (South Africa)

MPUMALANGA / 24 JULY 2019, 3:39PM / BRENDA MASILELA

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Pretoria – Rangers in the South African National Parks (SanParks) have arrested nine alleged poachers in different sections of the Kruger National Park over the past week. The sections where the arrests were made have borne the brunt of rhino poaching.

Three suspects were arrested at the Crocodile Bridge Section. SanParks said the poachers were found in possession of a heavy calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment.

In another area of the park, SanParks said Letaba Rangers apprehended three suspects in possession of a high calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment.

The next day, Tshokwane Rangers arrested another trio of poachers in possession of a high calibre rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment.

In a separate incident, SanParks said the carcass of a buffalo laced with poison was found in Vlakteplaas section.

It’s believed the buffalo was laced with poison after poachers had taken its meat. The poisoned carcass killed 117 white backed vultures, one hooded vulture and a white headed vulture.

International World Ranger Day is celebrated on 31 July.

African News Agency (ANA)

One thought on “South Africa – 9 poachers arrested in Kruger but 119 vultures poisoned

  1. Job well-done to the foot soldiers of the bush together will win the war against poaching. Let those escaped be accounted for in Zim we are available if any need arise for suspected zim poachers.

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