A shootout in Bwabwata National Park has left one poacher dead; three got away. The public is warned they are armed and dangerous. A poacher was fatally shot on Monday during crossfire between an anti-poaching unit and a group of poachers in the Bwabwata National Park. Deputy Commissioner Peter Williams of the Kavango East Region said that the anti-poaching unit, consisting of ministry of environment officials and police members, on Monday afternoon heard shots fired in the park and upon inspection came across an elephant that was gunned down. The tusks were, however, still intact, confirmed Williams.
According to Williams, about a week ago two elephant cows were also found gunned down in the same vicinity and it is suspected that this was done by the same group of poachers. In these incidents the tusks were removed.
“Are these people killing our animals to deliberately drive them to extinction?” he wanted to know. “We are not only protecting rhino and elephants, but all animals that are protected under law. We are here to protect all wildlife, to save them from perishing, for future generations.”