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Cameroon Rocked by Poaching Spree

200 elephants dead in park this year

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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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