WORLD Botswana elephant designated for research killed in hunt

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Botswana elephant designated for research killed in hunt

Xinhua

10:08, December 15, 2019

GABORONE, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- A hunter has shot down an elephant in Botswana designated for research purposes, an action the government said on Friday is not permitted under any circumstances.

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In this March 3, 2013 photo elephants drink water in the Chobe National Park in Botswana. (File photo: AP)

The government said the elephant was gunned down on Nov. 24 in the controlled hunting area NG3 in northern Botswana by a professional hunter accompanied by a licensed citizen.

The animal was wearing a collar placed for research purposes, but the hunters say it was not visible as the elephant was approaching them in a full-frontal position.

Botswana lifted the ban on elephant hunting in May, but issues fewer than 400 elephant licenses annually to keep hunting on a small scale.

Although this was a legal hunt, the government said the killing of collared animals is not permitted under any circumstances.

Action will be taken against the transgressors, including revoking their licenses, the government said.  

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