Tuesday 27 September 2016

Hunter pays €50k to kill endangered bull elephant

Ian Johnston

Published 16/10/2015 | 02:30

Elephants are being killed at such a rate - mainly by poachers - that there are fears they could become extinct in a generation
Elephants are being killed at such a rate - mainly by poachers - that there are fears they could become extinct in a generation

A hunter has shot dead what is believed to be the biggest elephant killed for "sport" in Africa for 30 years, according to reports.

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The animal, one of the largest elephants ever seen in Zimbabwe, was killed on October 8 in an area set aside for private hunting, which borders the Gonarezhou National Park.

A German hunter reportedly paid about €50,000 for a permit to shoot a large bull elephant and was led by an experienced local guide.

Organisers of the hunt declined to name the hunter, who went to Zimbabwe to shoot the so-called Big Five of targets: an elephant, a leopard, a lion, a buffalo and a rhinoceros.

Elephants are being killed at such a rate - mainly by poachers - that there are fears they could become extinct in a generation.

Louis Muller, chairman of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters & Guides Association, said the hunters had not realised the elephant was so large when the German man fired.

Irish Independent

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