South African rangers kill 3 poachers

2014-12-13 12:39

South African officials say game rangers killed three poachers in the past week in an escalation of armed incursions into South Africa’s flagship wildlife reserve, where hundreds of rhinos have been killed for their horns this year.

Paul Daphne, a spokesperson for South Africa’s national parks service, said today that poaching activity in Kruger National Park has traditionally increased in November and December before tapering off around the year-end holiday season.

Some rangers grimly refer to this phenomenon as “Christmas shopping” by poachers.

The parks service says a total of three poachers were killed in a shoot-out on Monday and two separate firefights on Thursday. Three poachers were wounded and arrested in another confrontation on Wednesday.

Many poachers cross into the Kruger park from neighbouring Mozambique.

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