Rhino poaching figures rise

2013-05-02 07:27


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Johannesburg - The number of poached rhino for the year has risen to 273, the environmental affairs department said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Albi Modise said in a statement the Kruger National Park bore the brunt of poaching.

Modise said three alleged poachers were arrested in the Tshokwane section of the park last week after a black rhino was killed.

One of the men died in a local hospital after he was wounded in a shoot-out with park rangers.

The rhino horns, as well as a .458 hunting rifle with a silencer, ammunition, and poaching equipment were confiscated from the men.

Last Tuesday an alleged poacher was shot dead by rangers near the Langtoon Dam in the park during a shoot-out.

Two guns, ammunition, and poaching equipment were recovered.

The park's figures for the year had increased from 180 to 201 poached rhino over the past week.

A total of 41 alleged poachers had been arrested in the Kruger since January.

Since the beginning of the year, the North West had a total of 21 rhino poached, while 19 were poached in KwaZulu-Natal, 19 in Limpopo, and 13 in Mpumalanga.

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