Three poachers shot in two days.

Three poachers shot in two days.

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Three poachers shot in two days.

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Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority confirms the death of another poacher in Morongora. The poacher, a suspected Zambian was shot and killed during a contact yesterday, 11/01/2017 in Hurungwe Safari Area. The suspected Zambian poachers who were three in total and during a contact the other two escaped while one was killed during an exchange of fire. This follows the death of two Zimbabwean poachers who were shot and killed in Hwange National Parks during a contact with law enforcement officials and rangers.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said the following items were recovered from the scene where the suspected Zambian poachers were found…

458 rifle and 15 live rounds

A specified hunter’s knife

Miner’s torch and two batteries

Cell phone and airtel sim card

2 jackets

Three black long polythin plastics and food stuff with Zambian labels were also recovered.

Investigations are continuing.

The rate at which poachers are gaining illegal entry into protected areas is indication of the amount of pressure the country’s wildlife resources is being put under. The Authority however warns strongly would be poachers that illegal entry into these protected areas will have dire quensequncies. The mandate of the Authority is to protect and conserve the country’s wildlife resources and rangers patrolling the Parks Estate will do so at whatever cost. Zimparks further appreciate the level of commitment, dedication and alertness being exhibited by our rangers who despite resource challenges and varying weather conditions, continue to remain focussed on their duties.

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Zimparks guns down hippo in Nyanyadzi

August 31, 2017August 31, 2017
Inset from Zimpapers. THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority last week shot dead a hippopotamus that was damaging winter wheat in Nyanyadzi. The hippo, which had a calf, is believed to have escaped from Save Conservancy. ZPWMA ordered the shooting of the hippos after traditional leaders in the area reported that it was damaging crops and endangering lives. ZPWMA officer, Mr John Danfa, said they were still hunting for the calf which is believed to have found habitat along Save River. “Usually hippos move up and down rivers during the rainy season. We believe the two escaped from Save Valley Conservancy. They were both females and they do not usually click if there is no male. “They are believed to have separated. We received reports from traditional leaders in Hot Springs and Nyanyadzi that these hippos were feeding on wheat and crops in their fields.” “People’s lives were endangered so the authorities ordered its killing. The first time we attempted to kill it, it was in the company of so many cattle and could not do anything. Our officer teamed up with villagers to track it until last week when it was shot down in Nyanyadzi”. The officer is said to have fired 12 shots before the hippo died. The meat was shared by villagers. One of the villagers in Dirikwe village, Mr Tapiwa Munyati, said: “This hippo was becoming a threat to human lives in the area. It was being spotted near homes at night. “There are vegetable gardens along one of Save River’s tributaries where it was being spotted.“We were told that hippos do not like light and the danger was that lives would have been lost.” “A villager survived death by a whisker recently when the hippo strayed into his homestead.“He went out of his house to investigate when his dogs were barking. He had a torch and the hippo advanced towards him. “Fortunately he managed to escape the attack and notified other villagers and the village head. We are appealing to the responsible authorities to make sure that the remaining one is also killed,” said Mr Munyati.