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Poachers kill another elephant in Aberdare

24 March 2014, 11:12 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Suspected poachers shot dead an elephant in the Aberdare National Park on Saturday.

The male elephant aged between 15 and 20 years is the third to be killed in the Mt. Kenya Conservancy in a span of three months.

Kenya Wildlife Service head of the Mt. Kenya Conservancy, Aggrey Maumo told the media that wardens heard gunshots between 6.30 and 7.00 pm on Saturday night and immediately mounted a patrol.

At about 10.00 am on Sunday, they found five poachers who were busy hacking off the elephant's tusks and shot at them, forcing them to flee in different directions.

Maumo said they believed the poachers left with bullet wounds and appealed to the public to report anyone seeking treatment for such wounds.

The poachers abandoned the tusks, two bolt action rifles with five bullets and an axe that they were using to remove the tusks from the carcass.

“It appears like they trailed the elephant to this place after shooting at it and were removing the tusks when our officers surprised them,” Maumo added.

The poachers also abandoned assorted personal effects among them several pairs of shoes, clothes, foodstuffs and cooking utensils that indicated the poachers had been in the forest for a while.

The Kenya Wildlife Service has recently been under pressure to explain the sudden upsurge in cases of poaching of rhinos and elephants.

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