Elephant poachers killed in shootout

Elephant poachers killed in shootout at national park

Last week, the tables were turned on poachers who intended to kill elephants for their tusks. According to Metro U.K., three poachers were killed in a shootout after they illegally entered Mount Elgon National Park in Kenya.

The deadly shootout

Officers on patrol spotted five poachers in the national park – two of the poachers were armed with AK-47s. What is described as a “fierce shootout” ensued – two of the poachers managed to escape and three were killed.

The deadly toll of poaching

Though the trading of ivory is banned internationally, elephants are still slaughtered for their tusks. According to WWF, in the 80s, an estimated 100,000 elephants  were being killed each year. The ivory ban helped some of the elephant herds to recover, but recently, there’s been an upsurge in poaching because if the demand for ivory in Asia.

Elephant killed in protected area of Indonesia

On June 9, forest rangers discovered the body of a 27-year-old male elephant named Bunta inside the Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia; one tusk was missing and he is presumed to have been killed by poachers, reported Mongabay. Bunta’s death is believed to be the second elephant poaching casualty in Indonesia this year.

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16 replies
    • JEANETTE FOSSUM says:

      I understand that folks are starving, But there Has to be a better way than killing these magnificent beasts also the rhinos.
      I am not sorry for what happened to those folks, poachers keep this up and in a few years there will be No elephants or rhinos left. I know God gave us dominion over the animals, But I do believe He didn’t want them killed to extinction.

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  1. Adrienne says:

    No pity for poachers who do this to these elephants. Glad they are dead and should have gotten the other 2 who ran away-cowards. Asia still doesn’t understand the gravity of killing these animals just for their tusks. Until killing and bringing the tusks back into their country is outlawed, they will still handsomely pay poachers to do their bidding .

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  2. Kat says:

    Aw…poor poachers, NOT! Good for the officers for spotting them quickly before they could kill any elephants! Keep up the good work!

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  3. maxiemom says:

    Any time poachers are found, they should be exterminated like the vermin they are!

    I love stories like this one where the bad guys get what they deserve.

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  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    The dead bodies of these two hunks of human trash should be hung from trees to show any other poacher what their future is destined to be. There should be some serious investigation to find out who is behind this – THEY are the true culprits – financing the poaching of these magnificent animals and causing the eventual extinction for their own greed. I have no empathy for poachers and don’t care one bit if they are all killed.

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