Cameroon Rocked by Poaching Spree

200 elephants dead in park this year

Some 200 elephants have died at the hands of poachers already this year in Cameroon's Bouba Ndjida National Park, conservation groups said on Friday, in what may be a response to growing demand in Asia for ivory. "We are talking about a very serious case of trans-frontier poaching, involving well-armed poachers with modern weapons from Sudan and Chad who are decimating this wildlife species," said local governor Gambo Haman. Cross-boarder poaching, though common during Cameroon's dry season, has never reached this level. A group of poachers is also believed responsible for killing six Chadian soldiers who were trying to seize a shipment of ivory.

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