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The elephant trampled ‘poacher’ to death while fleeing rangers at Kruger National Park

The third man has been injured in the eye but still managed to escape. The police are chasing him. 

A suspected poacher killed on Saturday in the southern portion of Kruger National Park. It thought he was hunting for rhinos. A poacher trampled to death by an elephant while fleeing from wildlife rangers.

The elephant trampled ‘poacher’ to death while fleeing rangers at Kruger National Park

Rangers mentioned that they found three suspected poachers after finding out their tracks in the Phabeni region of the park. And then they started to chase them.

Poachers fled. However, one of them was caught by the rangers. It happened after they brought in helicopter and dog units to help them hunt. The arrested man told rangers that he and his accomplices had run into a herd of elephants and their calves while escaping. He also suspected one of them had been killed.

When rangers re-traced the poachers’ trail, they found the badly injured body of one man who was already dead by the time they arrived.

The third man has been injured in the eye but still managed to escape. The police are chasing him. Rangers mentioned the men abandoned a bag containing an axe and provisions during the chase. Not only that but also a rifle was also found.

Managing Executive of the Kruger National Park, Gareth Coleman, said, “We are proud of the teamwork and dedication of our Rangers Corp, our aviators and the K9 unit. Unfortunately, a life was unnecessarily lost. Only through discipline, teamwork and tenacity will we be able to help stem the tide of rhino poaching in KNP.”

He also called on those living near the park to help police identify and capture the third suspect. It is because the campaign against poaching is the responsibility of all of us. It threatens many livelihoods, destroys families and takes much-needed resources to fight crime which could be used for creating jobs and development.

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