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Media Release: One suspected poacher fatally wounded and two arrested in KNP
Date: 28th January 2013
In a joint anti-poaching operation by the Kruger National Park Task Force Rangers and the South African Police Services on Saturday, 26 January 2013, contact was made with suspected rhino poachers.
In the ensuing shoot out, one suspect was fatally wounded and two arrested in the Nwanetsi section of the park. This is according to Reynold Thakhuli, SANParks spokesperson who said a high calibre hunting rifle fitted with a silencer, ammunition and poaching equipment were recovered. Investigations are continuing.
According to Thakhuli initial investigations indicate that there were no poached animals in the area. “Therefore media reports stating that two rhino have been poached cannot be verified as further investigations are underway.”
He said according to SANParks rangers the rhino that was thought to have been shot and sustained an injury on the leg was actually involved in a fight with another rhino. “This was verified by a veterinary service officer who attended to the animal.”
“A further aerial survey of the area was done this morning and the rhino in question was observed roaming freely in the bush.”
SANParks would like to request the public to assist the police and SANParks with any information which may lead to the arrest of more would be poachers. Anonymous SMS Tip-offs can be send to 32211.
South African National Parks (SANParks)
Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli
GM: Media Liaison & Stakeholder Relations
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 0733734999
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