Sunday 23 April 2017

Hunter pays €50k to kill endangered bull elephant

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

Ian Johnston

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

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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