Poacher shot dead in Zimbabwe game park

via Poacher shot dead in Zimbabwe game park  Oct 28, 2013 Terradaily

Rangers killed a poacher in a Zimbabwe game park last week as security was stepped up at wildlife parks following this year’s mass poisoning of elephants, wildlife authorities said Monday.

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority said the unidentified poacher was shot by rangers at Matusadonha game reserve, in the northwest of the country, during a shootout between the rangers and four poachers.

“One poacher, who is believed to be the gunner and had no identification particulars on him, was shot and seriously injured,” said Caroline Washaya-Moyo, the parks spokeswoman.

The poacher was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital in the resort border town of Kariba.

His three accomplices fled.

Zimbabwe has beefed up game park patrols after reporting the death of more than 100 elephants from cyanide poisoning in recent months. An independent wildlife conservation group puts the toll at 325.

Twelve people have been arrested in connection with the killings and five have already been handed prison sentences of a minimum of 15 years each.



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    I take it they are going to hang those rangers for murdering that poor defenceless poacher???

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      William Doctor 10 years ago

      Do you know that the poacher was defenceless? If he was poaching, then presumably he was armed, which implies that the rangers need to act in self-defence.

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        Hey William, sorry pal, my sarcasm got the better of me!!! You do know that there is a national parks ranger on death row in this country that is to hang for shooting a bloody poacher…Thus my sarcasm….what can I say???

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    Greyhora 10 years ago

    Good riddance!! No sympathy whatsoever for the poachers.