S. Africa arrests nine poachers in three days

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-24 21:40:14|Editor: xuxin
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JOHANNESBURG, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Rangers and police have arrested nine poaching suspects in Kruger National Park since July 20 and recovered some ammunition, South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Wednesday.

SANParks said the arrests were made in three different sections of Kruger National Park (KNP) with support from the police dog section and air-wing teams.

The poachers were found with heavy calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment.

In another incident, Glenn Phillips, the KNP managing executive, said rangers found a total of 119 vultures died after eating a suspected poisoned buffalo.

"Initial indications are that meat was taken from the buffalo by the poachers, who then laced the remainder with poison which killed 117 white backed vultures, one hooded vulture and a white headed vulture," said Phillips.

SANParks are investigating the issue in cooperation with Mozambique, which borders the Kruger National Parker.