Kenya rangers gun down suspected elephant poachers

Rangers recovered 50 kg of elephant tusks after a gunfight with suspected poachers
An elephant forages at the Tsavo-east National park last month. Kenyan rangers shot dead five suspected elephant poachers in a night-time firefight in the north of the country, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) says.

Kenyan rangers shot dead five suspected elephant poachers in a night-time firefight in the north of the country, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Saturday.

"Five suspected were last night gunned down and one escaped during a fierce exchange of fire with Kenya Wildlife Service rangers at Chepareria in West Pokot County," it said.

Two rangers were wounded in the firefight which went on for more than 40 minutes, the KWS said, adding that it had recovered 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of elephant tusks and three assault rifles at the scene.

Trading in ivory was banned in 1989 under the Convention on International Trade in of and Flora.


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Apr 23, 2012
It's good to see the killors become the killees for a change!

Apr 23, 2012
go go power rangers !

Apr 23, 2012
Those poachers. They never seem to learn.

Apr 23, 2012
Those poachers. They never seem to learn.
Its like somalian pirates; lawbreaking is often the only option for survival in overpopulated regions. I agree that both pirates and poachers should be shot as it is the only way to stop them. But they wouldnt be there if not for the religions which forced their parents to reproduce beyond their means.

A more humane solution would be to end these religions. Unfortunately this usually involves a lot more killing.

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