29 Mar '12, 6pm

Police in Cameroon Arrested 12 Suspected Poachers Following Elephant Massacre

Police in Cameroon Arrested 12 Suspected Poachers Following Elephant Massacre

In January and February of this year, a band of marauding poachers killed more than 500 elephants in Cameroon's national parks. Now, law enforcement officials have made a series of arrests but the problem is far from solved. Twelve suspected poachers have been arrested and 14 elephant tusks have been confiscated following a police raid on a clandestine camp. Meanwhile, in the southeast of the country, rangers confiscated six firearms and more than 60 pounds of elephant meat. The poachers responsible for the rash of deaths earlier this year and thought to be foreigners who entered Cameroon illegally from Chad. "After the international outcry of the Bouba N’Djida massacre," said David Hoyle , Conservation Director for WWF Cameroon, "it is time to put a stop to this senseless commercially motivated slaughter of Africa’s biodiversity." "Preliminary investigations show this gro...

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