Botswana records 30 poaching incidents in 2 months



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GABORONE:  Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks has recorded 30 incidents of poaching in Ngamiland District, some 700 km away from Gaborone, capital of Botswana, in the past two months.

DWNP director Otisitswe Tiroyamodimo said Thursday that this year witnessed an increase in cases of poaching as compared to last year.

Poaching had increased extensively in the Okavango region and that the species poached included elephants, he said.

Tiroyamodimo said most of the incidents involved foreigners, while a few involved locals.

Efforts are being made to address the situation through intensified patrols by law enforcement agencies and other departments, the director said.

His colleagues are working closely with their counterparts in countries such as Zambia and Zimbabwe in tracking poachers, Tiroyamodimo said.